And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And 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. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
How many times do you step out in faith, confident in your Lord, only to become doubtful and begin to sink? Often, I’m sure. There are storms raging all around us and it is so easy to take our eyes off of Jesus and become fearful of those boisterous winds. But I love the last part of that passage, the part that’s in bold. Peter cried out to Jesus and immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him. Jesus was there all the time. He was waiting for Peter and willing to help him. It’s so easy to forget that, but it’s true for us too. Even when we take our eyes off of our Saviour, He is still there beside us, just waiting for us to call out to Him for help.