Friday, 27 Aug 2021
That Sinking Feeling
By: Sally Cheong
” Lord, save me!”
These are extraordinary times.
Many are losing hope. Even among people of the faith. It’s that sinking feeling. Some like Peter are afraid of what is happening to their lives and to their children.
Peter’s cry was ” Lord, save me! ” when he started to sink. What made Peter lose control? Why was his faith suddenly gone?
It was the wind. Peter was a fisherman and he knew a lot about winds. The Sea of Galilee was known for violent storms because of its low-lying position in the rift valley. When Peter saw the wind, he was terrified. It was a harbinger of a rude tempest that was brewing. His faith left him. But his Master did not. So Peter cried out, ” Lord, save me! “
Immediately Jesus reached out and caught Peter by His Hand. What the Lord said to Peter is what all of us need to hear today in these troublous times. Jesus said, ” you of little faith, why did you doubt? “
None of the other disciples had the little faith of Peter to step out of the boat when the Master said, ” come .” They must have been stunned when Peter actually left the boat. All common sense and human understanding told them that death by drowning was a real possibility. And even more stupefied they were when they saw Peter walking on water!
Yet none of the eleven attempted the feat. They saw the wind. The boat was safer. They saw the Lord walking on water with Peter. They didn’t believe they could do it. Not even if the Lord said, ” come .” The wind and the danger it foreshadowed were more real to them.
The sea represents circumstances in our lives. Its only constant is change. The ebb and flow of the tide continues endlessly until the wind starts to blow. The wind makes the sea restless and unpredictable, like life. Once the waves are whipped up, the angry sea becomes dangerous. Shipwrecks testify to the power of the stormy seas to annihilate everything in its path. Every seaman is afraid of the terror of the seas.
Why did the Lord walk on the Sea of Galilee to the boat?
Why did He say to Peter,” come “?
It was a Divine call to walk on water. Not to sink and drown in the sea of the circumstances of life but to walk on top of it. Not even to swim in it but to rise above its waves. Not to do it on your own but to do it when your Master is with you in the open sea.
Peter answered the call. He had the faith to step out of the boat. The others did not. Peter walked on water. The others did not.
Faith asks us to hear our Master’s call to walk on water in times like these. Others drown but no one who believes in Jesus will. The instant we cry out ” Lord, save me! ” His Hand will immediately be stretched out to us. We will not sink, much less drown.
Peter did not cry out to his friends in the boat to save him. The little faith he had left told him they would not be able to save him in time. Or at all. Only His Master could.
Did the Lord carry Peter back to the boat?
No. Verse 32 tells us this, ” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. ” With His Hand the Lord held Peter and they walked on water towards the boat and as scripture says, they climbed into the boat on reaching it.
The storm that Peter feared never came. The wind died down. Often we are terrified of things we imagine will happen but did not come to pass. We frighten ourselves more than the world frightens us.
Lord Jesus, we need You today as Peter did on that fateful day on the Sea of Galilee. Teach us to cry out with our little faith ” Lord, save me! ” Some among us have no faith left even to cry out. Grant them Lord the needed faith to do so for You will surely hear their cries and stretch out Your Hand to save them. You will not let them sink lower. You will not let them drown.
And dear Lord, as you rebuked the wind and said to the stormy sea ” Be still ” in Mark 4, please do the same for us today. For we ask in the precious Name of Jesus, Amen.
星期日2021 年 8 月 27 日