Sinking in the Face of Victory
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Matthew 14:30 (NIV)
But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Undoubtedly, most of us are at least vaguely familiar with the event recorded in Matthew 14, where Peter walks on the water toward Jesus. The background summary is this: The disciples had been told by Jesus to get into a ship and sail to a specific place. He did not tell them to wait until the morning or the next day; He wanted them to leave at that time. Christ knew the timing of this voyage and, at the very least, the Father and Holy Spirit were already intimately aware of the impending storm. As some of the disciples were experienced fishermen, I dare say that even they may have been able to read the sky and knew a storm was coming. Regardless, in route to their God-ordained destination, their ship was tossed about by waves because the wind was against them. In the middle of the night, the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water and were afraid. They thought it was a ghost! Christ was nearby to them in the middle of the storm and the disciples did not even realize it. They thought the One who could provide their deliverance was another part of the dark night’s events to be feared. Even when Jesus had to reveal Himself to His own disciples, Peter wanted a miracle as confirmation. Peter asked that Jesus call him out onto the water and Jesus consented.
Now, it is most certainly worth noting here that, to the best of my knowledge, Peter (if Jesus is “disqualified” for His God-man status) is still the world record holder for human water-walker, as the only recorded human to accomplish this feat. Peter was already walking in a miracle. However, the historical event does not end there. As Peter approaches Jesus, I believe the enemy attempted one last-ditch effort to change the outcome of the story.
Matthew 14:29-30 (NIV) reads:
29 Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
In my opinion, Satan decided to throw one last big wave at Peter to distract him from keeping his eyes on Jesus. We can see in verse 31 just how close Peter was to the Lord:
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.
The Scripture, as recorded, does not state that Jesus ran to Peter or even took two steps toward Him. Jesus only had to reach out His hand. Peter was right in front of Jesus… within reaching distance! Peter came THAT close to his goal, but still succumbed to the desperate, last-ditch efforts of the enemy and allowed the enemy to rob him of his peace.
Are you in the middle of a storm? Do the waves surrounding you appear to be daunting and about to knock you off your feet? They may just be the desperate attempts of the enemy to keep you from Victory. In fact, you may already be in the face of your victory.
Don’t let the enemy distract you and cause you to sink just moments before reaching your goal and touching Victory!
Video content: Josh Wilson – Before the Morning