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Peter Looked Away

932274_walking_in_the_beach One of the most famous stories we have of Peter is when he walked on water. I think I’ve read more commentaries and devotionals on the story than I can remember.

Well, bear with me as I add another one to the list, because a nuance of this story hit me afresh recently. Like I’ve said in the past, God brings multiple layers to everything in the Bible and symbolism is his strength. In fact, I think the Bible should be given credit for setting the precedent on symbolism.

Anyway, onward with Peter. If you’ve read the story, then you’re familiar with how Peter boldly (did he do things any other way?) stepped out of the boat when Jesus told him to come to Him. I might add as well, that Peter is the one who asked to go to Jesus first. Gotta love this guy’s moxy.

So Peter steps onto the water and everything’s going fine until the wind caught his attention. Imagine if you will, that you’re Peter, and you’re not just talking the talk, you’re walking the walk! You’ve got the groove of life working for you and have figured out how to stay upright.

Then a gust comes a long and unsettles your momentum. Suddenly that walk isn’t so smooth anymore. The storms of life have hit you full force and the waves are taking you down. Shakey finances, a bad health report, a failing marriage…

Where are your eyes? Where’s your focus?

Let’s go back to Peter, specifically the first part of verse 30:

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!” — Matthew 14:29-30.

Where were Peter’s eyes? He was doing fine as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus. He stayed above water. But the minute the wind took his focus off Jesus, he grew fearful and started sinking down fast, about to drown.

I’ve read this story so many times but only now appreciate the depth of the imagery here. Our lives can be pretty tough in this world. Add the element of being spiritually mismatched and on the front lines of spiritual warfare, and life can seem unbearable at times. But like Peter, we can walk on those troubled waters of life as long as we keep our eyes on Jesus. Plus, when we start to sink, we can cry out to Jesus to save us.

So next time the waters of life are threatening to pull you under, call out to Jesus. Then keep your eyes on Him and start walking in confidence!

Praying and believing,

*Photo by Marcos Santos
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