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Matthew 14:30 “But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.”
Peter began to do the impossible but along the line he ran into a challenge we have all experienced or still experiencing. The bible says he began to sink. Peter was experiencing a low moment just after a spectacular high moment.
The same water he was walking on was now about to drown him. Put another way, the same enemy he has conquered began to conquer him. People began to mock him where he has hitherto been celebrated. This is a seemingly familiar zone for many people. Victory turning to failure; victor becoming victims.
Friend, there is only a thin line between success and failure. No wonder the bible says:
1Corinthans 10:12 “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall”
When you think you’re walking on water and on top of the world, be careful so that you don’t sink and even drown in the same water.
The question is why did Peter start to sink? Looking critically at our focal scripture, we can make a deduction. The bible says:
Matthew 14:30 “But when he saw the wind boisterous…”
When he saw the wind boisterous, it means before he saw the wind he was seeing something or someone else! His gaze and attention was somewhere aside the boisterous wind. Remember this:
Matthew 14:24 “But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.”
This shows that before Peter started walking on water, the wind was boisterous. The trouble was there and yet Peter walked on water. The wind was contrary, intimidating and dangerous but Peter was unperturbed. He acted bravely despite the odds and did the impossible.
So, if Peter was not looking at the boisterous wind, what was he looking at? Hear this:
Matthew 14:29 “And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.”
To be continued…
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