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Matthew 14:22-33

22 Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. 23 After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone. 24 Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. 25 About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” 27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!” 28 Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” 29 “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. 31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” 32 When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. 33 Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.

One of my favorite parts of this story is what happens next. While Peter took his eyes off Jesus and started to sink, he still knew who to call out to, verse 30 records his cry: “Lord, save me!” At least he had the good sense to call for help when he needed it, sadly some of us wait way too long to ask for God’s help. For some it is pride that keeps us locked up in the prison of self-sufficiency, where we waste our lives on trying instead of investing them in trusting. Peter was not disqualified from a life of faithfulness just because he lost focus. The same is true for you; just because you have allowed your fears to paralyze you doesn’t mean that you can’t cry out to Christ. Like Peter you don’t have to be defined by your failure you can be defined by the Fathers forgiveness. Peter knew that no matter what he could always cry out to Christ, and it’s here that we see Jesus response to our crisis:

1. He rescues 

Verse 31 says: “Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him.” Today some of you are drowning and you need to cry out to Jesus, only He has the power to reach out and rescue you. Who are you crying out to, are you going to lean on the Lord or drown in your independence? Sadly, many Christians spend more time turning to facebook than they do God the Father. But technology isn’t going to save you, trusting in the truth is. Instead of posting your problems why don’t you try praying about them. Instead of turning to social media start talking to the Savior. Because Peter turned to Jesus he experienced not only the joy of walking on the waves by faith but also the joy of being lifted up out of his failure. When Peter couldn’t walk to Jesus, Jesus came to him.

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