These things stood out to me when I was reading these verses- matthew 14:30-32
30 But when he saw [the effects of] the wind, he was frightened, and he began to sink, and he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus extended His hand and caught him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you [a]doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
-#1- He looked at his circumstances therefore he was afraid.
When I am focused on my problems, they will appear to be bigger than God. I will keep my focus on God and not the effects of my problems.
#2- As he was sinking, he cried out to be saved.
First, do I wait until my problems/life is a mess before calling out to God. Or am I daily communicating with Him before trouble arises? What do I do when I'm sinking- is God my last resort?
#3- Immediately God reached out and reached out his hand to Peter.
How long did God wait to answer Peter's cries? Immediately!!! It may feel like I'm alone when I'm in the midst of a storm (that's a lie!) It may feel like God's not answering me (that's a lie!) I can know with confidence that he has already answered. He does not hesitate. He has reached out to me.
#4- and when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
THIS verse stood out the most.
It was only after they got into the boat, the wind ceased. This means that while Peter and Jesus walked back to the boat the storm was STILL raging. But he WASN'T alone. And I can know that even during the midst of a storm, God is always with me.