Matthew 14:29-31 - Courage or Fear; When in the Storm?

Matthew 14:29-31 (KJV) And he said, Come. 
And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he 
walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30 But when he 
saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and 
beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31 
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, 
and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of 
little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?  

Matthew 14:29-31 (CWR) Over the noise of the 
storm, Jesus replied, "Come!" So Peter jumped over 
the side of the boat and into the waves. He 
found that he, too, could stand on the water! Then 
with his eyes on the Lord, he started walking 
toward Jesus. 30 "Peter began to feel proud and 
turned to look at his fellow disciples. When he 
looked back toward Jesus, a huge wave came between 
them. Suddenly Peter became afraid. He started to 
sink and cried out, "Lord, I'm going down! Please 
save me!" 31 Jesus reached out, grabbed Peter's 
outstretched hand and pulled him back up. He said, "Why 
did you lose faith and begin to doubt? You need 
to keep your eyes on me." 


Courage or Fear?
   Lets give credit where credit is due. 
No one else volunteered to walk on water - not 
James, not John, and not any of the other 
disciples. But Peter did. So Jesus told him, Yes, 
come (Matthew 14:29 NLT). 
   What happened next? Matthew tells us that 
Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on 
the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the 
strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and 
began to sink. Save me, Lord! he shouted 
(verses 29"30 NLT). 
   Peter sank because he was afraid and 
because he took his eyes off Jesus. When fear 
reigns, faith is driven away. Fear and faith dont 
hang out together. Either faith will be there, or 
fear will be there. But when one walks in, the 
other walks out. 
   Sometimes were doing well, and then we 
look at the wind and waves in our lives, and we 
begin to sink. We check our email or social media, 
or we turn on the news, and it causes our 
hearts to panic. 
   Peter began to sink because he took his 
eyes off Jesus. And when take our eyes off Jesus, 
were going to sink as well. When we forget 
Gods promises to us, well start to sink. 
   But then Peter called out to Jesus, and 
He immediately reached out and grabbed 
[Peter]. You have so little faith, Jesus said. 
Why did you doubt me? (verse 31 NLT). 
   In the early days of the COVID-19 
pandemic, I heard a doctor on the news say something 
that Id never heard before: Courage uses the 
same pathways as fear. 
   When youre facing the storms of life, 
you have a choice: either you can be afraid, 
which is easy, or you can be courageous while you 
keep your eyes on Jesus. [By Greg Laurie from 
Harvest Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 


In the Storm
   After Jesus disciples fought a raging 
storm for nine cold hours, at about 4:00 AM the 
unspeakable happened. They spotted someone coming on the 
water. A ghost! they said, crying out in 
terror. (Matthew 14:26 MSG). They didnt expect 
Jesus to come to them this way. 
   Neither do we. We expect him to come in 
the form of peaceful hymns on Easter Sundays or 
quiet retreats. We expect to find Jesus in morning 
devotionals and meditations. We never expect to see him 
in a divorce or a foreclosure. We never expect 
to see him in a storm. But its in a storm 
that he does his finest work, for it is in storms 
that he has our keenest attention. 
   Jesus replied to the disciples fear 
with an invitation worthy of inscription on every 
church cornerstone and residential archway, 
Dont be afraid, he said. Take courage. I am 
here! (Matthew 14:27). [Max Lucado Daily 
Devotional at maxlucado.com] 


   Peter said, Lord, if it is You, 
command me to come to You on the water.  So Jesus 
said, Come.  For a few heart-stilling 
moments described in Matthew 14, Peter did the 
impossible.  He defied every law of gravity and nature.  
Then he shifted his attention away from Jesus, 
and he sank like a brick. 
   Give the storm waters more attention that 
the Storm Walker, and get ready to do the same.  
We cant choose whether or not storms come.  
But we can choose where we stare during a storm. 
 Do whatever it takes to keep your gaze on 
Jesus.  Courage is always a possibility.  Feed your 
fears, and your faith will starve.  Feed your 
faith, and your fears will starve.  Storms are not 
an option, but fear is. [Max Lucado Daily 
Devotional at maxlucado.com] 


Matthew 14:29-31 - Victorious Faith Comes 
From Jesus. 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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