Scripture: Matthew 14: 22-36
Key verse: (28) “Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”
Reflection: Sometimes our enthusiasm is greater than our ability. In a moment of enthusiasm, Peter tries to walk on water. He seems to do alright for a few seconds as he walks toward Jesus. Then, he notices the danger around him – the strong wind and the churning water – and he begins to sink. I can relate to Peter. There is something about his can-do spirit that I find magnetic. He was willing to try anything for Jesus. He pushed himself to achieve and try things no one else wanted to do. The other disciples may have found this annoying at times, but Jesus was always patient and kind with him. Peter wanted to have a big faith, but was constantly challenged by his own humanity. Isn’t this a lesson for all of us? Have you ever been inspired to do something big for God, only to discover that you were depending too much on yourself and not enough on God? Faith was not something Peter could create within himself and it isn’t something we can create in ourselves either. Peter could only control his intention; not the outcome. And the same is true for us. How wonderful it is to affirm with Peter, “Lord, if it is you, command me . . .” Think how different the world would be if each of us took a chance and stepped out of the boat of our security and comfort to walk toward Jesus. We may begin to sink, but Jesus will reach out his hand and catch us. If only we will trust.
Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for your enduring love in the midst of the challenges of faith. Help us to get out of the boat to serve you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].