I really loved what God blessed me with when I pulled from Peter in the last blog so I wanted to keep going with that. I've read each of the gospels and I have always loved Peter. I believe that Peter is so relatable when it comes to our walk with Christ. Matthew 14 in many ways is the most relatable when it comes to focusing on God and our faith.
When you are busy stressing about things you are wasting your energy. Let's be honest here: how many times have you stressed about something that ended up not being a huge issue because God was there with you. (Everyone should have both hands raised at this point) Even when the disciples were out on the water, Jesus was watching them before he met them in the water.
The problems don't go away when we stress out about them, it only makes our feelings about the situation worse. We become constantly stressed about things that are no longer in our control. We need to learn to really focus on God in those moments. God doesn't ask anything of us truly besides for our time and to listen to what he has asked of us.
"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" Matthew 14:25-26 (NIV)
We are very much like the disciples on the boat, a storm comes in our lives and we freak out. We tend to waste our energy being stuck in fear rather than focusing on Christ and what he has already said. God doesn't take back his word and he never will. If he says it, it will happen. Maybe not on our timeline, but it will happen at some point in our lives. However, we need to believe in Christ. He is who he says he is and that should be enough for us. At this moment the disciples, just like us, needed to be reminded of who Christ is in our lives.
"And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water" Matthew 14:27
Now we've all been waiting for the moment about focus right? I've done all this talking but I have gotten nowhere about how focus builds endurance. The moment Jesus saw Peter he was probably shocked. Like it makes no sense that Jesus could walk on water. Peter couldn't believe it at first until he focused on God. He even asks Jesus if it's actually him. God will always send us reminders to prove that he is still working. This moment is a reminder.
"And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus" Matthew 14:29
Peter gets stronger when he allows himself to focus. His relationship becomes so strong with God that he doesn't even question Jesus when he tells him "Come." He just walked out. We need to have this kind of trust in God. We need to have Peter's kind of faith. Even when we are skeptical we need to keep our eyes focused on Him. When we focus we can go out into the water and we won't drown.
Half the time when we are walking and focusing on God we aren't even sure when it's God or not. We are scared and when are being tossed around in our storm it's a fair question to ask right? You really don't know because you have so many emotions going on that you aren't sure. The moment you start to question or lose your focus, you'll drown.
"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?" Matthew 14:30-31
The moment he lost focus and saw how scary things looked around him, Peter started to fall. He lost his endurance and his strength and fell into the cracks. We are so much like Peter. We see the obstacles and we look at how hard everything is and we want to quit and give up. But He will never allow us to do that. We must continue to focus our eyes on the one who holds everything in his hands. When we allow ourselves to focus we gain the endurance and strength to walk through our storms without worry and without a doubt.