Read Matthew 14: 22-33 - Peter walks on water
Then Peter called to him: "Sir, if it is really you, tell me to come over to you, walking on the water."
"All right," the Lord said, "come along!"
So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he looked around at the high waves, he was terrified and began to sink. "Save me, Lord!" he shouted.
Instantly Jesus reached out his hand and rescued him. "O man of little faith," Jesus said. "Why did you doubt me?" And when they had climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped.
Matthew 14:28-32 (TLB)
The story from today's scripture reading emphasizes the importance of consistently focusing on the word of God. In this story, when Peter focused on Jesus - the Word made flesh - he remained above the rough waters. Peter ran into trouble as soon as he shifted his focus from Jesus to the angry waves around him. One moment he was defying the laws of nature; the next he became subject to them and began to sink. A change of perspective changed everything for him.
Like Peter, when we remain focused on God, we can rise above our circumstances. When we focus on our trouble instead of the promises of God we begin to sink. With faith we can trust in the word of God to grant us peace in our hearts and minds. Written by Nelson Nwosu from Anambra, Nigeria.
Prayer: Faithful God, thank you for being with us in every circumstance. May we keep our focus on you always, in Jesus' name. Amen.