You don't have to be afraid

Remember when Peter and his fellow disciples saw Christ Jesus walking toward them on the water? See Matt. 14:25–33 . They were afraid and thought he must be a spirit. Surely not even their Master could walk on water! But Jesus reassured them. "Be of good cheer," he said. "It is I; be not afraid." So Peter replied, "Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water." And Jesus lovingly bade him, "Come."

It's important here to pause and reflect on the rest of this verse. Many of us tend to skip over it and see Peter immediately thrashing about and beginning to sink. But as we read the verse carefully we realize that at first he didn't sink. He walked! "And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus."

Imagine—Peter actually walking on the water! Think how he must have looked, walking confidently over the waves toward his Master, his eyes never leaving the beloved face!

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June 2, 1986

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