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Read Matthew 14:22-33


Read Matthew 14:22-33

22 Then Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people away. 23After sending the people away, he went up a hill by himself to pray. When evening came, Jesus was there alone; 24and by this time the boat was far out in the lake, tossed about by the waves, because the wind was blowing against it.
25 Between three and six o’clock in the morning Jesus came to the disciples, walking on the water. 26When they saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost!” they said, and screamed with fear.
27 Jesus spoke to them at once. “Courage!” he said. “It is I. Don’t be afraid!”
28 Then Peter spoke up. “Lord, if it is really you, order me to come out on the water to you.”
29 “Come!” answered Jesus. So Peter got out of the boat and started walking on the water to Jesus. 30But when he noticed the strong wind, he was afraid and started to sink down in the water. “Save me, Lord!” he cried.
31 At once Jesus reached out and grabbed hold of him and said, “How little faith you have! Why did you doubt?”
32 They both got into the boat, and the wind died down. 33Then the disciples in the boat worshipped Jesus. “Truly you are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.

Think

It is so interesting that when Peter notices the wind he begins to sink. There is so much going on in the moment - waves, water, walking towards Jesus; but one simple threat throws him off balance.

When Jesus calls you in a certain direction - what insignificant things cause you to stray from the path?

Pray

Lord I might not walk on water - but I want to risk a little more for the sake of your Kingdom.  When I do get up the courage to follow you more closely - don't let me be fooled by fear of the little things.  Keep my eyes fixed on you.

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