Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come ahead.” Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!”

Matthew 14:28-30, The Message

We all face storms in our lives.

The question is not why, but how do we deal with the storms of life? God never sends storms to test us. Rather He uses storms to train us for greater things. If it was not for the storm, the Apostle Peter would not have walked on the water in the first place.

Storms not only uncover your fears and insecurities, but they also bring you to the verge of your biggest breakthrough! What you focus on during a storm of life will determine your future outcome. Look beyond the storms and step out in faith. That was what Peter did. His first few steps were great, but when he began to let the wind and waves distract him, he had a sinking feeling that he might not make it through to the other side. Yet, when Peter cried out to Jesus for help, he experienced an incredible victory over the storm.

Peter sank not because he lacked faith. After all, he was the only disciple who had the faith to step out of the boat. Rather, Jesus told him the reason why he faltered was his "little faith". The Greek word for "little faith" is oligopistos which means "a small burst of faith or a short-lived faith". In this sense, Jesus does not measure our faith by size, but by stamina.

Stamina or staying power builds strength and increases endurance. Seeing it from another angle, faith is more like a muscle than a feeling. The more we exercise our faith, the stronger we become in overcoming the storms in our lives through the grace of our Lord.

Peter understood this revelation of faith, and years later, he would encourage believers to "stand firm in faith" when resisting the evil one (1 Peter 5:9). The truth is, none of us lacks faith—for God has already given everyone a measure of faith (Romans 12:3). As such, it is really up to you to use what you have received, and when you do so, your faith will marvellously grow and increase beyond measure (cf. 2 Thessalonians 1:3) until it is practically unsinkable in any storm!