Devotion

How Not to Sink

by Greg Laurie on Feb 24, 2020
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
—Romans 8:29
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When we take our eyes off Jesus and allow our minds and hearts to be filled with doubt, fear, and anxiety, we can start to sink.

So when that happens, here’s what we need to do: Cry out to Jesus. That’s what Peter did after he stepped out of the boat and started walking across the water to Jesus. And by the way, there’s nothing wrong with crying out to the Lord.

What is in us that makes us say, “I can fix this. I can get through this. I can control this”?

Actually, we can’t. We need to call out to the Lord.

Some might say that’s a sign of weakness, but I think it’s a sign of intelligence. In fact, I think it’s a sign of stupidity when we think we don’t need God’s help.

The Bible tells us that “immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’” (Matthew 14:31 NKJV).

Sometimes people critique Peter because he was so outspoken. But the New Testament gives a lot of ink to Peter. He made many statements, far more than any of the others mentioned in the Gospels.

Also, Peter is the only one who had the courage to actually try walking on water. Not only that, he did really well at first. So let’s give him some credit.

Like Peter, we can do wonderful things when we’re looking to Jesus—seemingly impossible things. But when we take our eyes off Him, we’ll start sinking.

Are you sinking right now? Do fear and anxiety and worry fill your thoughts? You need to call out to the Lord. If you will call out to Him, He will reach out and rescue you. But you have to ask for His help and call on His name.

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