Sunday, April 5, 2020

From the Heart: Complete Trust

Read Matt.14:22-33

I was reading one of my short stories recently and it talked about one of our naval ships back in World War ll, which was named, “The Wasp.” While patrolling in the ocean it caught fire and began to sink. The fire was out of control so the sailors were ordered to abandon ship and swim away from the vessel immediately. They jumped overboard, but instead of trusting their life jackets and the advice of their commander some of them clung to the sides of the ship. When the vessel plunged beneath the surface, those sailors were sucked down with it.

In our scripture reading above, Peter’s situation was somewhat different. Yet he too began to sink because of fear. The storm was raging, the wind and the waves were enormous. When he saw his Master walking on the water he could barely believe his eyes. But then Jesus said, “It is I, do not be afraid.” Peter said Lord, if it is really you, tell me to come to you on the water. Jesus said, “Come!”

Now Peter’s faith was strong. He had seen many miracles performed by the Lord so he knew the powers He possessed. At first, he was supernaturally held up as he walked toward Jesus. But then he became preoccupied with his perilous circumstances, the howling wind and the turbulent waves. Fear gripped his heart, and he began to sink.

It seems to me that we as Christians make similar blunders in our relationship with Jesus. We tend to forget His instructions. Then when trials come, instead of relying on His promises we tend to cling to false securities like those frightened sailors did. Or like Peter, when he took his eyes off of Jesus and looked instead at that powerful storm and allowed his panic-stricken heart to take control.

I’ve read this story in Matthew many, many times and I’ve often wondered, what was Peter thinking? I’m sure his faith was far greater than mine would have been. Don’t believe you could have pushed me out of that boat. But Peter got out and walked on the water and if he hadn’t taken his eyes off the Lord he would have never gotten wet.

Regardless of our circumstances in life, let’s keep our eyes on Jesus. He is always completely reliable. We need never to be afraid to trust Him fully.

It has often been said, “You start going down when you stop looking up!”


Holy Father, All Wise and Wonderful God, How Great Thou Art. As I read through your Word I am continually amazed; amazed at your power, your wisdom and your love. To think that You would send your only begotten Son to earth to save me from my sins is beyond my comprehension. And yet I know You did and You do because your Holy Spirit has said so in Your Bible, Your Holy Words! Help me Father to always remember your great love and to strive daily to trust YOU in all things.

In Jesus Holy Name, AMEN!

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