“LORD SAVE ME”, SAID PETER
Leslie M. John
“But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” Matthew 14:30-31
Jesus sent away multitudes of men, woman and children, whom he fed with five loaves and two fishes, and moved into a desert place by ship. This was after He heard that John was beheaded. Jesus asked his disciples to go by ship to the other side of the sea and He went up onto a mountain to pray until evening. He was all alone there but the ship was in the midst of the sea, and because the strong winds blew and sea tossed with waves, Jesus went toward the ship in the night. The disciples saw Jesus walking on water and going toward them, but they feared that it was a spirit and cried.
It was then that Jesus their savior told them to be of good cheer and said it was He, who was walking toward them. Peter surprisingly said to Jesus, that if He was Jesus walking toward them, then he would want to be called by Jesus and if called he would walk on the water toward Jesus.
When Peter sought help to go near the savior, Jesus said to him, ’come down out the ship’. As Peter was making endeavors to walk toward Jesus he saw that the wind was boisterous, and he was frightened. As soon as Peter was frightened, he started sinking and, therefore, cried to Jesus saying ”Lord, save me”.
Jesus did not leave Peter helpless but He immediately stretched forth his hand and caught him and admonished him over his little faith. Jesus questioned Peter as to why he doubted. Peter’s doubt caused fear in him and the fear in him brought failure for him but when he called on his savior to help him Jesus quickly helped him. When they came into the ship, the wind stopped. Then all those who were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying the Jesus was the Son of God.
Doubt causes fear resulting in loss of faith and loss of faith brings failure but there is hope in our Savior who will surely rescue us and give us victory. Give God a chance to work in you, rather than having alternate plans to work for yourself with your own wisdom and strength.