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Why did Peter sink when attempting to walk on water?

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

“Come,” he said.

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!”

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:28-31

            Peter sank because he doubted he could walk on water.  What’s interesting is that he was walking on water when he thought he couldn’t walk on water.  Why is that?

            He saw the wind and waves and became afraid.  Fear causes doubt and we begin to sink.  Peter suddenly realized, “Wait, I can’t walk on water.  This is too much for me.”  But he was walking on water, not of his own strength.  Peter walked on water because of God’s strength.

Faith defeats fear.  Do not have faith in yourself or you will sink, but have faith in someone greater than yourself so you can walk straight ahead without fear, over whatever obstacle is in your way.