“But as soon as he saw the strong winds and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. ”Why did you doubt me?”
As we pick up this wonderful story again today, it is interesting at this point to note that Peter was the only disciple to step out of the boat in faith. As far as we can see from the text the boat was filled with all of the disciples. So why was Peter the only one to step out in faith? The answer is not given in this story, but what we do know, is that Peter trusted Jesus enough to initially step out and go to meet him.
However, when Peter took his eyes off Jesus and focused on the storm, the wind and the waves, he began to sink. Lets pause there. Before we start to criticise Peter here, lets remember he was as far as we know the only person to ever walk on water (obviously besides Jesus). Yet He made what could have been a fatal error. He let the circumstance around him, overcome and distract him.
How often do we do the same thing? How often do we allow the circumstances and the storms around us to distract and take our focus of Jesus? In fact when we do that, we put our problems in place of Jesus in our lives. It is like we doubt who Jesus is, when we make our focus the problems instead Jesus. When Peter reached out to Jesus, Jesus rebuked him for not having enough faith! It may seem harsh but the reality was that Jesus, the Son of God, was also there with him. Jesus was also walking on the water. Peter originally had the faith to step out. Yet He took His eyes of what Jesus was doing already.
This is a great reminder for us that we should always keep our eyes on Jesus, see what He is doing through our storms, and when we feel like we are sinking, re-align our focus with Jesus and not our problems.