Matthew 14 records an amazing incident in Peter's Life -
29 … Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink … cried out, “Lord, save me!”
We applaud and salute Peter for walking on the water. We celebrate his daring faith. Then we attack him for taking his eyes of Jesus, which causes him to sink into the water. What a weak disciple!
I believe that a greater lesson happens in what follows. Matthew 14 continues -
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.
I believe that when Jesus grabbed him by the hand, that the Lord pulled Peter up to stand on the water. In my opinion, Jesus did not haul him back in over the side of the boat. Instead, they stepped from the top of the water into the boat with Jesus holding on to Peter's hand.
There was a moment when the sinking Peter was back on top of the water. The key was that when he started to sink, he cried out to the Lord for help. That is what we need to do. Have you noticed how easy it is to go from miraculous moments to the dark night of our souls? In one movement, we can go from mountain top to a deep valley.
The same Jesus that pulled Peter back on top of the water can pull you up and out of whatever you are sinking into. We do not have to sink lower we can call on Jesus. Blessings, Pastor