And early in the morning he came walking towards them on the lake. But when the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified, saying, ‘It is a ghost!’ And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’
Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came towards Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt? Matthew 14.25-31
Word of Hope
Today is National Face your Fear Day. In the passage above Peter at first faces his fear; with Jesus’ encouragement and command. But then a change in circumstances causes him to doubt. With Jesus right there in front of him, he doubts and falters.
How often are we faced with Jesus’ command and yet falter during our answer? How often do we have to turn to Jesus in the midst of fulfilling the voice of God to as for help? Jesus tells us through Peter that our faith should be enough.
Several years ago, my dear wife gave me a gift of a song. Jana Stanfield wrote words that express this passage of scripture in verse:
If I refuse to listen, to the voice of fear
Would the voice of courage, whisper in my ear?
Maybe this is what I’d hear
I am brave enough to move ahead
Where true believers dare to tread.
Never lose faith, even when losing my way.
What step will I take, today; I am brave.
If I Were Brave lyrics © Jana Stantunes
Loving God help me to know I am brave and that my bravery comes from faith in You. Be with me when my faith falters. Reach out to my heart to remove doubt so that I may fulfill your purpose for me.
Order of St. Francis and St. Clare