For years this story was just about that to me, keeping my eyes on Jesus versus my circumstance. However, recently the Lord gave me some more truths. Maybe you already know these truths and maybe not. But either way, its always good to hear them again.
New truths to me:
Right now our country more than ever is traveling through unknown ocean waters, through wind and rain that is whipping up around us. ..we can¹t see what is around us or below us..making it very scary. I have personally never been as uncertain as I am today of what is coming. Peter of course was in the same situation, things were pretty normal prior, he is in a boat, floating, kind of like a lot of us have been, then he saw Jesus, ask him to let him walk on water towards him. You know, we are in this relationship with Christ, learning to step out of our boats, etc.. Just like Peter, we have experience of what God can do and are confident in that. However, what happens when something new comes into the picture. Something that hasn't happened in our past. The unknown and uncertain?
Peter of course would cry out. Cry out to Jesus to save him. Pretty simple solution isn't it. But what the Lord revealed to me in this text is in my past when I read this scripture, I felt that Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and if he would just put them on Him again, he wouldn't sink into the scary waters. And this is still true but what is even more amazing, is Jesus is not only at the end of our destination, he is also there at the start, with us to lead us, hand in hand. Not down the road when we get it or after we are disciplined or when he gets to us but right then...immediately. This is what I need especially in the times we are in today. He is still on the throne, reaching his hand out to me.
Come," he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!" Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?" Matthew 14:29
Also, this text showed me that not only did Peter get out of the boat, but he let go. You can't move towards God if you are still holding on your boat, your safety, your confidence, your security, your comfort.
So, do you need to get out of the boat or let go? Know that by keeping our eyes on Jesus we will see the right direction, to safety, to security and that Jesus will be with us. Now does this mean there are still going to be struggles to get to Jesus, the unknown, the enemy swirling in the water...yes, but it won¹t matter as Jesus has already come before us and is waiting for us...so get out of the boat and let go and let God.