Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Look to God

One of my favorite scripture stories is found in Matthew 14. Jesus had sent his disciples out in a boat so He could go up into the mountains alone to pray. "But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary" (Matthew 14:24).

© 2015 Alison Walker

Jesus went out to them, walking on the water, but not recognizing Him, the disciples cried out in fear. "'It’s a ghost,' they said" (Matthew 14:26 NIV). "But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid" (Matthew 14:26-27).

"'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 NIV). "And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased" (Matthew 14:32).

In reviewing this account, David A. Bednar makes the following conclusion:
I envision Peter responding fervently and immediately to the Savior’s invitation. With his eyes fixed upon Jesus, he stepped out of the boat and miraculously walked on the water. Only when his gaze was diverted by the wind and the waves did he become afraid and begin to sink.
Jesus invites all of us to come unto Him.

"Come and see" (John 1:39).
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).
"If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink" (John 7:37).

If we will keep our eyes on Him, He will quiet our fears. And when we stumble, He will rescue us — and He will walk with us back through the storm to our boats!

"Look unto me in every thought," He instructs, "doubt not, fear not" (D&C 6:36).

Bednar, David A. "Therefore They Hushed Their Fears," Ensign, May 2015.

NOTE: Bible references are taken from the King James Version, unless otherwise indicated.

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