But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!”
(Matthew 14:30 MSG)
Peter remembered the source of his strength when he cried out, “Master, save me!” (Matthew 14:30). After all, it was because of the Master that Peter had stepped out of the boat and walked on water in the first place. His cry for help reminds me of David’s song of deliverance in Psalm 18, “But me He caught—reached all the way from sky to sea; He pulled me out of that ocean of hate, that enemy chaos, the void in which I was drowning. They hit me when I was down, but God stuck by me. He stood me up on a wide-open field; I stood there saved – surprised to be loved” (v.16). I’m reminded of another Psalm where God promises, “Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me” (50:15 NIV). That’s exactly what Jesus did for Peter; He delivered him, and He will do the same for us when we feel as though we’re drowning in our troubles. After all, He is our Savior! Isn’t that wonderful news?
Excerpt from the chapter, “Keep Your Eyes on Jesus,” Rise Above
Image: Liz Swindle, “Be Not Afraid”