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Monday, November 16, 2009

Sinking Fear

Matthew 14:28-31 NIV: "Lord, if it´s you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water." "Come," he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!" Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?"

Peter had left the boat, and walked toward Jesus. But Peter was afraid and began to sink. Jesus asked him, "why did you doubt?" It´s interesting that Peter´s first step was much more like a leap. His eyes fixed on Christ and without hesitation, he got out of the boat. What if He would have taken it more slowly-placing only one leg outside the boat-testing the waters before going further? What if he would have climbed out but kept a tight grip on the boat with his hands? Had he acted as such, his movement towards Christ´s direction would have been over before it had even begun. What kind of faith does Christ desire from us? Do we leave the boat, or hold tightly to it? The path of faith extends beyond our first steps, and rests only when we come face to face with Jesus. Anything less is sinking fear.

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