To my nine:
I shared a brief spiritual thought yesterday evening before prayers that I would like you to remember. It was the story of Peter’s faith from Matthew chapter 14. The Savior, Jesus Christ, had left his group of disciples to go up to a mountain to pray. Late in the evening they saw the Savior coming towards them, walking on the water. At first they were afraid, but the Lord called out to them and calmed their fears. Once he recognized who it was, Peter asked if he could come across the water to meet him. In verse 29, the Lord invited him to come and Peter stepped down from the boat and began walking on water.
What a remarkable thing it must have been for a fisherman to step down upon the waters he knew so well, and not sink through. What a wonderful moment to see the Lord there welcoming him to participate in this great miracle of faith. What trust and faith Peter must have had to get out of the boat.
But, as often happens in life, especially in moments where we feel some strength, the wind began to howl and Peter became afraid. As he started to sink he cried out for the Lord to save him. Verse 31 says “and immediately, Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”. If Peter had not feared, he could have continued to walk with the Lord. Instead, in his moment of weakness, the loving Lord “immediately” caught him and raised him up.
There are so many conclusions to draw from this story. Here are a few that come to mind:
- The Savior is always there, close beside us, and will immediately help. I hope you always remember this, and ask for His help.
- He helps us by lifting us up, building our faith, and making us stronger. His help is perfect and is designed to make us stronger. It may not always be what we expect.
- Our faith must be centered on Christ to have effect in our lives. When Peter focused on Him he could walk. When he feared the world, he sank. We should not allow fear to draw us away from the Savior.
- The Savior corrects those he loves. His description of Peter’s faith was to correct and to teach. Remember, the Lord will chasten his people and try their faith, only because he loves us. Through his chastisement, or correction, he prepares a way to deliver us.
I hope that you will spend time with this scripture. Think about what it means to you and how you can apply it to your own life. Many blessings have come to my life through faith in Christ. I also hope that you recognize the ways in which the Lord seeks to correct you by living close to the spirit and acting on its promptings. When the time comes for you to walk in faith, I hope you get out of the boat, as Peter did, and trust that Lord is right beside you.