God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.
Psalm 46:1, NLT
Ever had one of those weeks where you go to church on Sunday and your faith is pumped, sky rocketing, fever pitch? Then Monday rolls along, and reality comes barrelling in like a bowling ball, knocking the wind out of your Sunday faith.
I imagine that Peter in the Bible (Matt. 14:22-33) must’ve felt that way too. From walking on water to choking on water, he must’ve felt rather silly (after he got back on the boat with Jesus, and stopped freaking out about almost dying) about going from hero to zero in a split second.
The thing about the storms in our lives is that no matter how familiar they become or how many times we face them, sometimes the relentless battering of the waves just gets to us, so bad. Till we’re so exhausted from trying to keep our heads above the water, that we’re ready to give up and call it quits.
If that’s you right now, Jesus’ words for you today are the same words He uttered to His disciples after calmly appearing to them in the middle of a storm, while walking in the middle of the sea, as if that was a perfectly normal thing to do: “Don’t be afraid. Take courage. I am here!” (Matt. 14:27, NLT)
It’s basically Jesus saying to you, “Hey child, I’ve got this covered. These storms in your life, they don’t faze Me. I am above the storms, I walk above your challenges, and every adversity that’s sucking the life and the strength from you, they’re now Mine.”
And Him grabbing Peter right out of the water right there? That’s Jesus saying, “It doesn’t matter if you’re drowning because of circumstances that you couldn’t control, your own mistakes, or because you took your eyes off Me. I’ve got your back. I don’t need you to be strong, I am strong enough for you.”
So “Do not be afraid and do not panic (…) For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you” (Deut. 31:6, NLT).
If you’re feeling weak, worn out, and done trying to keep your head above the water today, know that even in your weakest moments, no, especially in your weakest moments, the Lord’s hands of love will reach you, even when you have no strength left to reach Him. For His Word says, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9, NLT).
Find comfort in knowing that Jesus is in your boat, right in the midst of your greatest storms. He knows how to lead you and save you every time!
“Peter was too slow to reach out to Jesus.
But Jesus was not too slow to reach Peter, in plenty of time.”