There are times in our lives when we lose our peace where nothing seems to be going well. It seems like the moment one thing settles down… another problem creeps up. It is easy in those moments to feel like you are drowning —like you just can’t get your head above water.
As a Believer in Christ, we know that God is our provider. Our healer. Our comforter. A best friend. It says that He cares for us, but in these moments where we’re gasping for air, when our world seems to be spinning out of control… what is the answer?
The disciple of Jesus, Simon Peter, was a headstrong, all or nothing type of person. Just like many of us, who are deeply passionate, he chose to go all in for the sake of Christ. Still, Peter’s passionate zeal for life needed balancing out and placed under the authority of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
“Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.
And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.
Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, ‘It is a ghost!’ And they cried out for fear.
But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.’ And Peter answered Him and said, ‘Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.’ So He said, ‘Come.’ And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.
“But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, ‘Lord, save me!’ And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’
“And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, ‘Truly You are the Son of God.’”—Matthew 14:22-23
Notice Peter had great faith when he first heard the call of Christ. He stepped out boldly on the churning waves beneath his feet. I think there must have been a moment of pure adrenaline rush, when he took that first initial step—looking up into the face of Yeshua beaming with pride. Still, in an instant, as the waves of fear crashed over him, Peter began sinking. His excitement to walk in the water, gave way to fears and doubts.
Dear one, this is the plight of every one of us at times. We have so much zeal for the Lord, but we allow our circumstances to take over.
I want to challenge you that in this new season of time, now more than ever before, great things are coming to the Church as a whole. But we must, MUST learn to look to the heart of our Heavenly Father for direction.
Each one of us are so loved by the Lord. Jesus loved Peter, and the Father in Heaven loved Him that much more. They called Him because they knew that Peter’s passion and zeal would take the message of a loving God across the globe. They also knew that Peter would fail at times too.
At Curt Landry Ministries we want to encourage you that you are the called and chosen of the Lord. Do not be afraid to step out in faith. When the waves of fear and doubt come, reach out to the Father. Tell Him about the emotions you're experiencing. Ask Him to give you clarity into the situation. Choose not to respond to the pressures until you hear from Him. It will take time. You will have moments where you react poorly, but use those as learning opportunities and decree and declare the Word over your circumstances.
As you are diligent to remain consistent, you will finish… and you WILL finish well!