“Do not be afraid, It is I”

by blowfish

“But when he (Peter) saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink..” ~ Matthew 14:30

The passage above is from the Gospel account of Jesus walking on water, and Peter too soon after him. But Peter looked the raging winds and became afraid and began to sink. Fortunately, Jesus caught him before he could drown and saved him and asked him “Why did you doubt?”.

“But when he (Peter) saw that the wind was boisterous ..”  Winds are also mentioned by Paul in Eph/4/14 like this “Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.”

Therefore winds in Peter’s story may represent “winds of doctrine” which will trouble infant believers in their faith. When Peter looked at the winds he became afraid and began to lose faith then began to sink. As long as he looked at Jesus who had just said to them “do not be afraid” he would not sink.

The true Word of Jesus as opposed to winds of doctrine, inspires confidence in believers, not fear. It speaks comfort and courage to them to stand confidently before God and his promises. It reinforces the consciuosness that we are righteous and upright before God not by ourselves but by our faith in Christ. And therefore we are deserving of every blessing he has for us; no need to fear a reprisal from him.

Anyone purporting to be teaching you God’s word or some doctrine of it and yet the end-result of what he teaches is fear or that it diminishes the believer’s confidence before God is not teaching the true words of Jesus himself.

“Winds of doctrine” are also “boisterous”. They draw attention to themselves or make you look inwardly at yourself and your unworthiness instead of making you look up to Christ’s perfection in whom is your righteousness and acceptance before God. James 3.17 says “the wisdom from above is first of all peacable..“.

Jesus pointed the disciples to himself “Fear not, It is I ..” When our thoughts are fixed on Jesus comforting and validating us inspite of our weakness and inabilities, somehow we become transformed to become like him – walking on water just as he does.  But when we look at our weaknesses or the threatening storm around us which still points us to our inabilities, we sink and wallow in our mess.

If you are in a storm make it your aim to fix the eyes of your heart and thoughts on Jesus face saying to you this comfort “Be not afraid; It is I”.