But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

“Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” —Matthew 14:27-31

Peter started out walking on the water with courage, but then he focused on the situation he found himself in— walking on deep water, waves all around and the possibility of things going wrong and he would die. He stopped trusting Jesus and began to slip below the waves of circumstances. Fortunately He came to his senses before disappearing beneath the waves and called out to Jesus. “Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him” or Peter would have drowned. Then Jesus said, “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Courage motivated Peter to trust the Lord’s Word to walk on the water and above the circumstances. Doubt caused Peter to allow the circumstances to pull him down to drown him. Don’t allow circumstances to that to you!

So what circumstances is the Lord calling you to be courageous in? Trust Him and live above the circumstances. If you begin to doubt, be wise like Peter and call out to Jesus. He will hold you above the circumstances. “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20) and “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). Be courageous!

Dear Father, I am grateful that Jesus is totally trustworthy regardless of the circumstances I find myself in. Please help me to focus on Him and not on the circumstances. May I be faithful in this in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

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