“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!”
(Matthew 14:29-30) EHV
Have you ever had times in your life when you thought that you were in complete control -- Times where life was going so well and so smoothly. During these times it is easy to be happy and content, but the real question is how do you handle life when adversity comes? Listen to the account of Peter as he was invited by Jesus to walk 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!”
At first, everything was going so smoothly for Peter, but things quickly went from good to bad. Although he was initially bold, he soon realized he was in trouble. The wind was blowing. The waves were crashing around him. He started to sink. Peter knew he needed Jesus. In desperation he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
What happened? Jesus had invited him to come out of the boat. Peter was out of the boat, and he actually was walking on the water. Then fear gripped his heart. Suddenly the storm became too great and his confidence in Jesus’ invitation to walk on the water had abandoned him. Peter soon realized that Jesus was his only option to be saved. Jesus gently corrected Peter once he was safe, “Why did you doubt?” Although no answer was spoken, it was clear a repentant Peter had not trusted completely in his Savior.
There is a valuable lesson in Peter’s experience. We can go through life believing we are in complete control. Our job is secure. Our family is healthy. Our finances are solid. Our spiritual life is rather strong. Suddenly the “storms” of life come. What happens to our confidence when we lose our job? What happens when our family is torn apart by conflict? What happens when our financial security evaporates? What happens when we are overwhelmed by the troubles of this world? What happens when we realize we are sinners lost in our sin? In complete panic and desperation we need to cry out, “Lord, save me!”
It is an incredible blessing to know Jesus is there to save. Still, why do we only look to him after we have lost control? Why is he a Savior only to cry out to when we are in desperate need? We need to rethink our attitude regarding Jesus. Certainly he is always ready to save us in an emergency. He is also ready to save us when we become too comfortable with our life. He is ready to save us when we become dull to what is really important. He is even ready to save us when the devil distracts us with the deception that we don’t need a Savior.
We need to realize our Savior is always there, and not just for our emergencies. Jesus saves us from sadness with his never-failing joy. He saves us from disappointment with his certain promises. He saves us from fear with his continued presence. He saves us from guilt with his never-ending supply of forgiveness. He saves us from death with his guarantee of eternal life. We need Jesus. We need him to be the Savior he came to be. We need him to be with us constantly. And guess what -- he is!
— Pastor Gartner
We are currently in our Summer Schedule: Sunday worship at 8:00am and 10:00am. Monday worship at 6:30pm
There are currently a number of sign-up sheets in the narthex for events coming up this summer. Next time you are on the premises, please check them out and sign-up!
- Bowling — August 12 from 4-7pm. At Village Lanes in Little Chute.
- VBS — July 30-Aug 3rd from 9:00-11:30am Sign up to volunteer or pick up a registration form to send your kids. Keep your eyes open on our website and Facebook page for an online registration.
- Church Picnic — July 29th at noon at Plamann Park. Sign-up to volunteer to help set-up, etc. There is no need to sign-up if you plan on coming.
- New Pictorial Directory — The dates for taking pictures are set for Tuesday through Saturday, August 14-18 and September 18-22. There will be sign-up opportunities at Church as well as links to sign-up online on our website and Facebook page.