What Do You Perceive?

When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified… -Matthew 14:26 NIV

Most people, if they go without sleep for more than four consecutive days, will begin to hallucinate. Nightmares and hallucinations are scary because they can often feel like a real occurrence from which you cannot escape.

The truth is your eyes can deceive you. Shadows in a child’s room at night can appear as monsters, but flip on the lights and the monsters disappear, leaving only familiar surroundings.

In Matthew 14, the disciples had just left Jesus on the shore. Even though they saw Him perform miracles, as soon as they saw something they didn’t recognize, they assumed the worst and were terrified.

Jesus immediately spoke so they would be comforted, knowing their friend was there. Empowered by this, Peter said, “Lord, if it’s you…tell me to come to you on the water,” (Matthew 14:28).

Jesus said, “Come.” With his eyes on Jesus, Peter “walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid…” (Matthew 14:29-30).

Peter was deceived by his perceived surroundings and his fear caused him to start to sink. Just as the light in a child’s room turns monsters into familiar surroundings, keeping your eyes fixed on Jesus’ light keeps your view on the truth, unbothered by your perceived surroundings.

Prayer Focus

  • Ask the Holy Spirit to help you walk by faith and not by sight.
  • Thank God for sending His Son who is the Light.

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