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That Sinking Feeling


TABS When everything in life seems to neb going smoothly, we have a tendency to feel quire self-satisfied and confident. We may also forget to thank God, who has blesses us with such smooth sailing, and we think we can continue to take care of ourselves. In Matthew 14, Jesus walked across a lake as if on dry land to reach His disciples’ boat. Peter challenged the Lord, saying that if it really were Jesus, He should ask Peter to step out on the water. Peter did just that, and everything went well until he trembled at the wind and waves surrounding him. He became frightened and started to sink, crying out for Jesus to save him. “Jesus immediately reached out His hand and took hold of [Peter], saying to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?'” (Matthew 14:31).

TABS¬†When we see the “winds and waves” surrounding us, the troubles that threaten to sweep over us, we may feel as if we’d sinking. Remember Peter’s cry: “Lord, save me” (Matthew 14:30). Jesus is ready to help us, just as He helped Peter. Jesus is ready to walk us “back to the boat.” Jesus, who stretched out His hands to be nailed to the cross, still has His hands stretched out to help us in those sinking moments as well as in times of smooth sailing. Our cry, “Lord, save me,” is never unheard by Him.


TABS Jesus, may we look to You for help at all times. Amen.