I think one of the main reasons we like him so much is because we can relate to him so easily.
One moment, he’s willing to die for Jesus. The next, he’s running scared. One minute, he’s recognizing Jesus as the Holy One of God, the next he’s vying for first place in the kingdom. He’s human…just like us.
Faithful one moment, scared the next.
For example, in Matthew 14, when he saw Jesus walking on water, he courageously decided to get out of the boat and join Jesus in the waves. This was one of Peter’s finest moments.
Unfortunately, it didn’t last long: “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’” (Matthew 14:30).
When Peter had his eyes on Jesus, he could literally walk on water. But when he took his eyes off his Savior, he began to sink.
Hillsong UNITED sings a popular song based on this Biblical story. The song is called Oceans (Where Feet May Fail). You can listen to the entire song here.
My favorite line from this song might not be the one you would expect. It’s only said one time, but it’s nonetheless powerful: “You’ve never failed and you won’t start now.”
It’s so easy in the midst of a storm to think God is failing us. If He were really here with me, this wouldn’t be happening. If He really loved me like His Word says He does, He wouldn’t allow this into my life.
But God WILL NOT fail us. He never has. He never will.
When our circumstances make us question God’s faithfulness, the problem is our circumstances, not our God.
Just as Peter began to sink when he took his eyes off Jesus, we too can sink when we focus on our circumstances instead of on our God.
When I was going through four consecutive miscarriages, this song reminded me of God’s faithfulness. God had never failed before…and he won’t start now.
Cling to that truth today.
If you feel like you’re sinking in the storm, keep your eyes on the One who can walk you through it.
What other songs have encouraged you through difficult times?
“When our circumstances make us question God’s faithfulness, the problem is our circumstances, not our God.” @DoNotDepart #SingPraise –Click to tweet this.
If you feel like you’re sinking in the storm, keep your eyes on the One who can walk you through it.” @DoNotDepart #SingPraise –Click to tweet this.