So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and waves, he was terrified and began to sink. "Save me, Lord!" he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. "You have so little faith," Jesus said. "Why did you doubt me?" (Matthew 14:29-31, NLT)
So often, when we hear the story about Peter walking on the water in Matthew 14, we hear how when Peter took his eyes off Christ, he began to sink. We are also often told that if we are to receive the promises of God or walk in faith or victory in our lives, WE must keep our eyes on Christ. Conversely, if we do not receive the promises of God or have problems in our life, WE are told that it is because we took our eyes off the Lord. The problem with viewing life or the story in Matthew 14 from this perspective is that the onus is placed on us to perform well and self-condemnation and guilt easily ensues when we deem ourselves to have fallen short!
We must always remember that Jesus finished everything on the cross on our behalf (John 19:30) and that all of God's works for our lives were finished from the foundation of the world (Hebrews 4:3). Our job now is simply to rest in Him, allow Him to do the work, and perfect that which concerns us (John 6:29 & Psalm 138:8). In essence, our role is to trust the Lord and His abilities!
Peter ONLY BEGAN to sink in Matthew 14. Even though Peter took his eyes off the Lord and had little faith, he did not sink! The story is really not about Peter's lack of faith but of God's faithfulness!!! Notice that the Lord IMMEDIATELY caught Peter when He began to sink and guided Peter to safety. Most importantly, going back to the boat, Peter did not walk alone but walked with Jesus!!! If you are experiencing difficulties in your life on today or have even taken your eyes off Christ, remember that God will still uphold you and will walk with you to victory!!! You never walk alone!!!