Strap On Your Life Vest

Have you ever stood in the water and had the waves hit you relentlessly? I love playing in the waves, but there was one time that the waves were so high and strong, that after a 1/2 hour, I was exhausted. Just trying to walk back to the beach was a struggle. Halfway to shore, I wasn’t so sure I was going to make it. It’s like all the strength was being drawn out of me with every pull of the water.

Sometimes life gets that way. The things we go through take it’s toll on us and try to pull us under. But hey, we’re not quitters! So we continue taking one wave at a time until the mother of all waves hits us and threatens to drag us down to the bottom of the ocean floor. It’s not easy to recover from the ‘mother’ wave! It doesn’t matter if you’re the best swimmer in the world, there are times when you’re pulled under and get disoriented as to what’s up and what’s down.

In Matthew 14:28-31, we read another water story:

Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.”

He said, “Come ahead.”

Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!”

Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, “Faint-heart, what got into you?”

What got into Peter in the first place thinking he could walk on water? Faith. Faith in Jesus’ ability is what got into Peter. So what made him sink? Fear. Because fear causes us to look at the wrong things. To look at the circumstances and let those things become bigger in our eyes than faith in Gods ability to deliver on His promises.

That’s why we’re encouraged to read the Word and meditate on His promises (Joshua 1:8). You see, what we do in the good season, helps us through the tough ones. It’s like putting on a life vest, you never know when the boat you’re in might capsize or a storm may come along to threaten you.

Father, I see now that unless I keep looking to You, I tend to rely on my abilities rather than Yours. I’m sorry! It’s You that the waves obey. It’s You that split the Red Sea. It’s You that created the universe. It’s You that speaks peace and everything quiets down. When I grow up, I want to be just like You. I know that according to Your Word, Your Spirit lives in me and is able to do more than I could ever do on my own. Your Spirit raised Jesus from the dead so You are well able to deliver me from every evil attack of the enemy. I will continue to trust in You. I will NOT be afraid! My faith remains in You. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

Sandy G

Reposted from 2017

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