Devotion taken from Streams In The Desert compiled by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman
“When Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, “Lord, save me.” Matthew 14:29,30
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Peter had a little faith in the midst of his doubts, says Bunyan; and so with crying and coming he was brought to Christ.
But here you see that sight was a hindrance; the waves were none of his business when once he had set out; all Peter had any concern with was the pathway of light that came gleaming across the darkness from where Christ stood. If it was tenfold Egypt beyond that, Peter had no call to look and see.
When the Lord shall call to you over the waters, “Come,” step gladly forth. Look not for a moment away from Him.
Not by measuring the waves can you prevail; not by gauging the wind will you grow strong; to scan the danger may be to fall before it; to pause at the difficulties is to have them break above your head. Lift up your eyes unto the hills, and go forward–there is no other way.
Dost thou fear to launch away?
Faith lets go to swim!
Never will He let thee go;
‘Tis by trusting thou shalt know
Fellowship with Him.
Lord God, I hear your call to me to come and walk on the water; to follow You where I have not yet been; to trust in Your power to sustain, protect, and provide. Gracious Lord, grant that I gladly hear your call and accept your invitation to work alongside You this day. Help me to keep my eyes steadily focused on You and to disregard the “what ifs” that come my way. Thank you, Lord, for your steadfast example of love and obedience–even as you walked to Calvary’s Cross, for it was a walk that led to my deliverance. Praise you Lord Jesus! In Your name I pray, Amen.