God Saved Me. And He Can Save You Too.
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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 14:29B-30
I’ve learned a lot of lessons in my senior year of high school. I’ve made a lot of memories. The good, the bad, the happy, the sad. I’ve done a lot of things that I’m insanely proud of… and a lot of things I wish I could take back and do over so badly.
I’ve grown proud in myself – I’ve grabbed the wheel and tried to steer my own path, all to just crash and burn. But in our deepest moments of despair, God is there. And he’s ready to forgive and help you – if only we’re willing to ask for it.
And so it’s with that, that I’d like to share what I’ve learned in my senior year of high school. An important lesson of how a simple “Lord, save me!” can save your life.
We Forget God When Things Are Going Well
I like to say that you only need God if you’re broken and poor in spirit. Why? Because it’s true. Jesus said in Mark 2:17 that ,“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” People who are not in need of forgiveness, who don’t recognize that they are inherently sinners falling short of God, who have every desire they could ever want – none of them truly have a need for God. But the broken, the sick, the poor in spirit, and the ones who realize that no matter how much good they do, that they’ll never be enough – these are the people that God sent his Son to die for.
But oftentimes, we swap between both these categories. We swap between begging God for forgiveness, to putting Him in a box in our closets because life seems to be doing okay.
I’d like to share a story from God’s word with you that’s really been on my heart my entire senior year in high school. Matthew 14:22-34 tells us a beautiful story of how life often goes. Jesus had just finished feeding the five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fish. He has sent his disciples across the Sea of Galilee, while He went up a mountainside to pray by himself. This, is where the story just begins.
After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
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. – Matthew 14:23-29B
Things were going AMAZING for Peter. He was walking on water! He was powerful, and doing things no human could explain. But that was the first problem with his thinking. Keyword “me” here. He thought in himself, and he forgot about Jesus. And that’s when things started to go south.
We Sink When We Take Our Eyes of Jesus
When Peter started to look around, he saw the violent winds, the crashing waves, the scariness of the seas. And he began to be afraid. He forgot the whole reason why he was there in the first place! Jesus has called HIM. Peter had not gone on the waters with his OWN power. No, it was the power of God – the creator of those exact waters. Here’s what the rest of the chapter says.
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?”
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” – Matthew 14:30-32
Peter started to sink…. but he cried out to his God and his God not only forgave him for looking away, but furthermore reached out his hand and saved him. That’s our God. When we fail, when we sink – He saves us. Not because He has to, not because he feels obligated to – but because He LOVES us. He sent his one and only Son for us, that we might have eternal life with him after all.
And that I find, so amazing. And so powerful.
How This Applies To My Life
Why does this passage mean so much to me? In my senior year, I’ve learned to take this scripture to heart. I’ve learned that I under no circumstances should EVER take my eyes off God.
When Peter saw Jesus walking on the water, Peter had faith in Him and he jumped into the water and started walking towards Jesus. But then he saw the towering and crashing waves. He got scared of life, and he took his eyes off his God. He started to sink.
Often times, that's me. Going into debate rounds, or important final exams, or critical projects. I think to myself that by MY power I WILL accomplish this. I forget the very One who brought me to this point, who shed His blood so that I might have this opportunity, who put me in the right place at the right time. I got into all of these things so prideful in myself. And then? I fail. I fall. I sink, just like Peter did when he took his eyes of Jesus.
But when Peter started to sink, he cried out to Jesus -- and even after Peter had looked away from his God, Jesus had still reached out his hand and saved him from his imminent doom. And he's done the same in my life as well. Whenever I realize that I've grown prideful, or scared of my surroundings -- Jesus has always been there, willing to put out His hand and save me.... if I'm just read to cry out "Lord, save me!"
And He saves me. No matter what I’ve done. No matter how much I’ve sinned and fallen. I DEFINITLY don’t deserve that treatment from God, not after what I’ve done. But He offers it anyways. Why? Well because He loves me. He created me in His own image and knew me before I was born, while I was still in my mother’s womb. He wrote everything I would ever do out in a book, and He knows whatever I’m gonna say before the word’s on my tongue. Even though there are millions of humans out there, He deeply cares personally for me. And for that, I owe him my life. And so much more.
God Will Save You Too
No matter what you’ve done, no matter how far you’ve gone, no matter how far you’ve fallen and lost sight of God – through the vicious winds, giant waves, and painful experiences in life – God is ALWAYS there for you. And He will ALWAYS forgive you, if you’re simply willing to call his name.
I’d like to end with these two Scriptures.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. – Jeremiah 33:3 (commonly known as “God’s phone number”.)
Have you ever been in a desperate situation where you’ve cried out to God and He answered you and saved you? Leave a comment below to encourage not only me, but anyone else reading this post!