When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
— Isaiah 43:2
In Matthew 14 we read that the disciples were in a boat on the Sea of Galilee, and they saw Jesus walking on water. They were terrified. They thought they had seen a spirit and they cried aloud. Jesus said, “Be of good cheer; it is I. Do not be afraid.” Impetuous Peter said, “Lord, if it is You, bid me come to You on the water.”
And Jesus said, “Come.”
Peter slipped first one foot and then the other out of the boat and found that he was walking on the surface of the waves. His eyes were full on the eyes of Jesus. Step after step he took on top of the water. Suddenly, a blast of wind stirred the waves into a frenzy. Looking down at the waves and the water that threatened to swallow him up, Peter began to sink. He cried out in terror, “Lord, save me.”
Instantly, Jesus reached out His hand and set Peter again on the surface of the water saying, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31).
As long as Peter kept his eyes on Christ, he walked above the problems created by the waves and the water beneath. As soon as he took his eyes off of Jesus and looked at the boisterous waves, he immediately began to sink.