Finding Hope in the Storm

Peter watched as the waves crashed around him and then suddenly he was immersed in the turbulent water himself. He sank quickly and cried out in despair. As he slipped into the waves Jesus reached out his hand and caught him and pulled him out of the water.

This story is taken from Mathew 14:25-31 when Jesus came to his disciples at the fourth watch of the night. The disciples were fighting stormy waves with their boat when, suddenly, they spotted Jesus walking towards them on the water. Peter cried out, asking Jesus if he could come out of the boat to meet Him on the water. Jesus said, “Come,” so Peter started walking on the water just like Jesus! Suddenly, as Peter looked around at the waves, he became fearful and quickly sank into the water crying out for Jesus. Instead of rebuking Peter for his lack of faith, Jesus lovingly reached down to pull Peter out of the water and save him from drowning.

Do you feel like you are drowning? Do you feel like no one is able to help you? Do you feel like you are beyond saving? Jesus is standing by, ready to rescue you from your hopeless situation. It doesn’t matter how deep you feel you have sunk or how badly you have messed up. Look up and you will see Jesus reaching down into the waves. It’s never too late to find hope in his loving arms, even at the fourth watch of the night.

Matthew 14:25-31 KJVS
[25] And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. [26] And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. [27] But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. [28] And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. [29] And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. [30] But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. [31] And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?