Jesus is not in the boat. He is out in the water among the windy storms and tossing seas of the world. Is your response when you see Him there fear? (Matthew 14:26 When they saw him walking on the water, it scared them. “It’s a ghost!” they said, screaming in fear.)

If so, Jesus tells us to not worry and not be afraid because He is the One walking calmly on the stormy sea through the howling winds. (Matthew 14:27 But Jesus quickly spoke to them. He said, “Don’t worry! It’s me! Don’t be afraid.”)

Do you say if what I see is really you, Jesus, beckon me to you so that I too can weather the storms of life and show your love to the world? (Matthew 14:28 Peter said, “Lord, if that is really you, tell me to come to you on the water.”)

And when Jesus beckons you to come to Him do you see only Him and not your troubles? (Matthew 14:29 Jesus said, “Come, Peter.” Then Peter left the boat and walked on the water to Jesus.) What wonderful things we can do when our eyes are on the Lord, when our faith draws us from the sanctuary of the church into the world.

Even when we are drawn into the world to be the tools of God our faith can waver. Our eyes leave our Lord and look at the world and all of the sound and fury of Satan. That is when we cry out to Jesus. (Matthew 14:30 But while Peter was walking on the water, he saw the wind and the waves. He was afraid and began sinking into the water. He shouted, “Lord, save me!”)

Jesus will always be faithful to catch your hand no matter how small your faith in Him is, even if it is as small as a mustard seed. (Matthew 14:31 Then Jesus caught Peter with his hand. He said, “Your faith is small. Why did you doubt?”)

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