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Tuesday, July 10th, '18

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BEGINNING TO SINK

"...and beginning to sink he cried out saying, "Lord, save me!" (Matthew 14:30 NKJV)

 

Under normal conditions it's either you sink or swim, right? Nobody "begins" to sink. Going under doesn't generally happen in slow motion. Leap out of the boat and it's a cannonball, down you go; the law of gravity. But Peter was operating in a different realm under different laws. He defied gravity and physic laws of water and weight displacement. Verse 29 vouches that Peter actually "walked on the water to go to Jesus". A miracle was in motion until "he saw the wind boisterous". Now that is interesting. He saw "wind". I didn't know a person can see wind. To see wind is to picture fleeting figments. Imagination got the better of him. "People aren't supposed to be doing this, this walking on water", the thoughts invaded. Doubt rose up. Distracted by the natural he lost focus on the spiritual. Being momentarily "double-minded" (James 1:8), diapsuchos in the Greek, two psyches, he lost that targeted focus on Jesus and then began to sink.

 

A person always sinks in his mind before he sinks in his circumstance. Whether one sinks depends on what one thinks. When Peter saw the wind "he was afraid". Fear and faith can't operate in tandem. When the one enters the other exits. We can certainly understand Peter's fear because he faced no small wind. You can expect an all-out assault of the evil one whenever you attempt your water-walking feat. The wind was "boisterous", the Greek word being translated most often as "mighty" or "strong". It was a violent wind. Frankly, If I were to attempt a water-walk, I think I would choose a balmy July afternoon (with a lifejacket). Peter rather obeyed Christ in a windstorm. Faith seldom operates in a germ-free laboratory environment. Life never waits for ideal conditions. So the mindset must be, "If I can walk on top the water then I can also stand up to the wind", because the miracle rose in defiance to both earthly elements.

 

Don't criticize Peter because he walked a lot farther than the skeptics clinging to the oars in the boat ever did. But his error was apparent. When Jesus caught him by the hand and lifted him up, He reprimanded him by saying, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" (vs 31) If Peter's water-walking act was considered "little faith" then what, pray tell, is ours? Peter began to sink because he began to doubt. Water rose above his sandals then to his shins then to his knees then he was threatened with being swallowed by it. Thank God for grace that grabs us when we're about to go under. What the passage doesn't say though is how Peter got back to the boat. Do you suppose Jesus carried him back piggyback or did Peter walk back to the boat hand in hand with Jesus, water, waves and laws of buoyancy under his feet? What's over our heads is under His feet but He wants us to step out of the boat by faith and put all things under our feet as well. Because Peter was "beginning to sink" it is no excuse that you are not "beginning to stand". The focus must be clear. Fear must be ignored. Howling winds must not deter the faith-walk. And if necessary, when you do begin to sink, grab Jesus' hand and start all over again. But don't dare be one of the other eleven that just sat there in the boat and watched. You were designed for conquest.


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