But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. (Matthew 14:30)
Relate: Sometimes I think Peter gets a bad rep undeservedly. Of course there’s other times where he certainly deserves it, but sometimes when I hear various preachers or authors talk about him, I think, “C’mon man.” There’s a dozen men in the boat. Only Peter got out. It’s 3AM in the morning. They’re tired and scared and fighting heavy waves when a ghost starts walking on the water. Peter gets out of the boat. Nobody else. I wouldn’t. You wouldn’t.
Not only that, but as soon as Peter started to sink he called out to Jesus. He didn’t try swimming. He didn’t reach for the boat. He called for Jesus. When I mess up I try to fix it myself. If I feel like I’m sinking I make a plan. It’s usually only when my plan, and my backup plan, and my alternate backup plan have all failed, and I’m drinking in water, I don’t know which way is up, seaweed is inside my clothes and sharks are sniffing at my feet that I start calling on Jesus. Peter isn’t that stupid.
React: Peter’s first response is always to go to Jesus. When they see a ghost walking towards them and that ghost says He’s Jesus the rest were probably doubting. “If you’re really Jesus what did you feed the crowd with? If you’re really Jesus what parable did you use in your last sermon?” Maybe they were halfway willing to follow. “If you’re really Jesus, part the clouds and I’ll come to you. If that’s you, calm the waters and I’ll step out.” Peter didn’t need any of that, he stepped right out. His first and one response was to follow.
Then he shows a moment of humanity. Reason started to interfere with his faith and for an instant he started to sink. Immediately he turned back to Jesus. In the safety of the boat, he followed Jesus. During the chaos of the storm he turned to Jesus. Wow. I wish I was a man of such little faith.
God, help me to follow You first and always. When things are going good let me first desire be to get closer to You. In the storms let my first response be to call out to You. Help me to have a heart and a mind and eyes only for You.