Save me!

I would also say to any unconverted person who is here, under conviction of sin, — Dear friend, if you are beginning to sink, yet still pray. If your sins stare you in the face, and threaten to drive you to despair, yet still draw near to God in prayer. Though it seems as if hell had opened its mouth to swallow you up, yet still cry unto God. “While there’s life, there is hope.”

“While the lamp holds out to burn
The vilest sinner may return;” —

and the vilest sinner who returns shall find that God is both able and willing to save him. Never believe that lie of Satan that prayer will not prevail with God. Only go as the publican did, smiting upon your breast, and crying, “God be merciful to me a sinner,” and rest assured that God is waiting to be gracious unto you. – Charles Spurgeon

Peter will only come out of the boat in the midst of the storm if Jesus says, “Come.” He is not trying to grandstand and go for the miracle, He is not making a show, but his hope stems from his impulsive love.  And in the same swift motion of love, when he falters and starts to sink, that same hope in Jesus makes him call out, “Save me.” 

It is too hard to explain why we go through the dark, distressing and even mysterious times of our walk with God.  I have seen people at complete wit’s end when plans and hopes are disappointed and the only conclusion is that God must be mad at me – but the call is still the same – “Save me.”

Hard to imagine what our world was like before Jesus invited us to “come.”  Those dark waves with nothing for us to hang on to, no bright hope to sustain us and life seeming to make more downward turns engulfing us in those movements.  How could we be satisfied for so long in living life without God, without Jesus and without hope? So thankful to have been able to cry out, “Save me!”

Thank you Lord for the hand that has reached down into the lives of so many that I read in the Bible, and the countless times You have reached down into mine.  You are my Saviour.  Thank you for making me holy and blameless and above reproach and for securing an everlasting hope for me.

Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” – Matthew 14:28-31

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