“’Lord, if it’s you,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to you on the water.’ ‘Come,’ He said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Immediately, Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ He said, ‘why did you doubt?'” (Matthew 14:28-31).
In Matthew 14, Jesus walks on water and this miracle terrifies the disciples. Jesus tells the disciples not to be afraid and have courage! Peter asks God to come onto the water but the turbulent winds distract Peter once he steps out of the boat.
Peter sinks as soon as he doubts the sovereignty and power of Jesus. Jesus reaches out His hand to catch Peter and reminds Peter to have faith.
I stepped out of the car to walk across the street. But once I made it to the middle of the street pain went through my body and I couldn’t move. It was obvious that I needed help, but I was determined to move on my own. My dad was walking a few feet in front of me, but I chose to focus on the pain.
Peter lost focus and cried out to Jesus. My story has a slight twist; I didn’t cry out for my dad, but my dad helped me anyway. My dad reached out his hand and carried me in his arms. He carried me until we reached the other side of the street.
In my particular story, relentless pain and pride prevented me from asking for help. Peter needed an increase in faith and he was still willing to cry out to God.
Are you willing to cry out to God in moments of doubt and ask him to increase your faith? Are you willing to surrender your burdens and cry out to God for what you need today?
Don’t be afraid to boldly come to God with your cares and concerns.
“As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning, and noon, I cry out in distress, and He hears my voice” (Psalm 55:16-17).
Prayer: Lord, thank you for saving me. I have faith that as I draw near to You, You will draw near to me. Help me reach out to You when life feels overwhelming and I lose focus. I give You my cares and concerns today. I cry out to You with all of my heart. Amen.
About the Author:
Cynthia Giles is twenty-four years old and attends a university in Kennesaw, Georgia. Cynthia’s chronic pain has lasted for over six years. Her pain is the result of a car wreck and other circumstances. Cynthia thinks it’s important to give a voice to young people who deal with chronic pain and other health issues. She hopes that her writing becomes a light in a dark place for those in need of hope or healing. Cynthia is also a spoken word artist, public speaker, and enjoys writing in various styles. You can connect with her and learn about her website on Facebook at facebook.com/cynthia.spokenwordartist.
What are some doubts that you struggle with in life? Have you allowed doubt to keep you from fully experiencing the Lords presence? What advice could you give to others when they feel doubtful about the Lords promises?
This song, “Strong Enough to Save” is by Tenth Avenue North and it shares how God will break open the skies to reach down to those of us who cry out His name. It has a line that I loved, “fear is just a lie” and you can hear one of the band members share more about why we should pay attention to how our fears aren’t coming from God. God will do everything He can to save you and me . . . so ask! -Lisa