Read Matthew 14: 27-31

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!”

–Matthew 14:29

ARE YOU SINKING? I’m not talking about sinking in water. I’m talking about sinking in faith. If you have been living for the Lord very long, you have discovered that Christians suffer like everyone else. We have trials and temptations. We are hurt by unkind words, betrayed by thought-to-be friends, have hard times financially, struggle in raising children, grow old, grow sick, and eventually die.

Most of the time, we handle these things well, with a little help from our friend Jesus. But occasionally, they get us down (make us feel sad, upset, and depressed). Like Peter, we feel ourselves sinking and we are afraid.

Peter was sinking because he took his eyes off Jesus. We sink for the same reason. When we focus more on our problems than on our Savior, we sink. If you are sinking, turn your eyes back upon Jesus, read God’s Word, worship with God’s people, call upon Jesus. He will come to you as He came to Peter, and He will lift you up. Cheer up Christian. God has said, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

Prayer:  Dear Lord, help us when we are sinking. Come to us and lift us up.

Prayer Focus:  Those who are down.