The disciples were on a boat at night, when they saw a figure approaching. They were fearful, thinking it was a spirit. The Lord spoke to them, and Peter replied, “Lord, if it be thou, bid me to come unto thee on the water.” And the Lord said, “Come.” Peter began to walk, and he was so conscious of the Master, so filled with expectation of getting the Lord, that he was elated. He was looking to the Author and Finisher of faith. He was not even aware that a miracle was taking place. It was a time of life and fellowship with grace.
Then, a severe gust of wind came, and Peter took his eyes off the Master. He started to live by his feelings. The moment he became fearful in his emotions, he began to perish. His unbelief and fear of perishing replaced the faith of walking on the water to his Master.
In the night seasons of a believer’s life, in the weakness of his human experiences, the Lord speaks and says, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). We find that the Word of God is adequate and sufficient to draw near to the sustaining eternal arms of love (2). But even when we lose our faith thoughts, God will keep us from sinking just as He kept Peter. We can call on God when we are in the depths of despair, and His faithfulness will uphold us though we have none ourselves.