January 7 Stepping Out

Scripture Reading: Matthew 14:22–33

Key Verse: Matthew 14:29

He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.

Many remember watching the news coverage of a young Olympic runner who fell as he came out of the backstretch before the final curve. Wrenching in pain, he tried to stand but collapsed back onto the track’s surface.

A hush enveloped the crowd as eyes turned from the race’s victor to the lone runner struggling to his feet at the far end of the stadium. Suddenly he was joined by an older man who eluded Olympic guards and jumped onto the track. It was the runner’s father. Together, arm in arm, they pressed toward the finish line. The runner might have fallen, but he was not defeated.

When Peter stepped out of the boat and began to walk on the water to Jesus, his one goal was to reach the Savior. And though the darkened waters caused his heart to momentarily doubt, Peter would not settle for defeat, and he called out, “Lord, save me!”

This is not an account of faithless peril. Had Peter truly doubted Jesus’ power, he never would have gotten out of the boat. Never allow the enemy to tell you that you are worthless and defeated because you stumbled in your race to the finish line. Just like the loving father who ran to his son’s side, Jesus runs to be near you and to carry you to victory. Call out to Him as Peter did, and He will save you.

Precious Lord, thank You that when I stumble and fall, You are like the loving father who ran to his son’s side. You are prepared to carry me on to victory. Together, we can make it to the finish line![1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 8). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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