Matthew 14:29-30 NKJV So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. (30) But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
Peter had a moment like so many people I’ve talked to through the years, including myself. He was pumped up in faith. He was trusting the Word of God, having believed the word Jesus spoke to Him and was acting on it. His faith was right. His actions lined up with his faith. And he was experiencing success because v30 says he began to sink. If he began to sink that means there had to have been a few moments that he stood and stepped out on the water prior to beginning to sink. I mean I’ve never began to sink… I’ve just sank. But something happened. What began in faith in verse 29 had turned to fear just moments later. It’s not that ones faith really becomes fear but more that their faith is overridden by fear.
Peter got into trouble when, “…he saw that the wind was boisterous.” Peter got into trouble when he took his eyes off of Jesus. This is where so many of us who have begun an endeavor or trial in faith mess up. We begin in faith finding God’s promise in the Word to deliver, heal, lead, protect, provide, etc… and faith comes. Then we step out and act on what the Word says. We’re believing, speaking, and applying the Word in our life are experiencing some victory… then we get distracted and start looking at the storms of life and begin to sink.
While we maintained our focus on Jesus we were fine, but then we either start to get confident that maybe we’re doing something special or somehow great or we get distracted and look away from Jesus and begin to look at the problem again. Peter’s natural senses began to overwhelm him with natural data and facts of the situation and fear entered in, but while his heart was focused on the promise of God’s Word “Come” and his eyes were fixed on Jesus the Prince of Peace he was not only filled with peace, but experienced a reality of God’s power and reality, a FAITH that superseded the laws of physics.
Faith can be overridden by fear in an instant if we will allow it to. It happens when we allow our focus to shift from God’s Word and take our eyes off of Jesus. Thankfully, faith will rise up again and take its place in our hearts when we put our eyes back where they belong—on Jesus.