The disciples were in a ship being tossed about on the sea. It was in the middle of the night so you can imagine the peril of their situation. And Jesus came to them walking on the sea. They cried out because of fear, but Jesus immediately calmed them saying, “It is I; do not be afraid.”
Peter was so calmed that he was willing to get out of the boat at the Lord’s command and began to walk to Him on the water. As he did the wind caused him to fear and he began to sink.
Peter often times receives much criticism for his rash decisions and failures. However, he was the only one willing to get out of the boat. He took a risk. But his decision to ‘risk it’ was rooted in the Lord and not in chance. And even when his doubts caused him to fail, his cry for help was to the right place. He could have attempted to swim back to the boat or to call to his mates for help. But he cried out, “Lord save me.!”
Who do you seek when your faith fails or the circumstances of life become difficult? You see when Peter cried out, “Jesus immediately stretched out his hand and caught him.” Even in the moments when we fail, He wants us to call out to him and he will help us. The Psalmist wrote, “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and save them.” Psalm 145:17,18