24 Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. 25 About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. 26When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” 27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!” 28Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” 29“Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. – Matthew 14:24-29
The disciples were in trouble…they were fighting heavy waves
Sometimes the pressures of your daily struggles can push your belief system beneath the surface. Immediate pain and struggle can cover the lens through which we view all of God’s past, present, and future activities in our lives. Have you ever felt like the waves (troubles, sin, circumstances, etc.) in your life have become so great that your view of God becomes distorted? When we find ourselves in that situation, it doesn’t take long for Satan to creep in try to convince you that the goodness of God is a lie. But look back over your life.
Jesus came toward them, walking on water
Remember, no matter what you’ve been through or what you’re going through now, God has been good to you. When you find yourself distant from God and you can’t see him in the near distance, know that HE IS WALKING TOWARDS YOU AND IS WILLING TO WALK ON WATER TO FIND YOU!
Don’t be afraid…Take Courage. I am here!
When the storms of life arise, may often find themselves in a sea of stress and anxiety just like the disciples. They were freaking out because they didn’t know what to do! Have you found yourself in that position before? Maybe you found yourself in such a pit that you didn’t know what to do or how to get out? You see, the disciples should have realized that as long as Jesus was with them, everything was going to be ok and I make the same truth to you: No matter how big the storm is you’re facing, as long as Jesus is with you, you’ll be ok!
Difficulties are going to come. Walking with God sometimes means walking through trials. But instead of focusing on your situation, remember God’s goodness!
Yes, come…Peter walked on water
Throughout my life, I have often found myself waiting for all the answers before I decide whether or not I want to do what God has called me to do. I want to know where I’m going, who I’m going to be with, what I will be doing, etc.
The reality is that God rarely gives us the final details in the beginning. He wants us to step out on faith and trust Him! Did you notice his instructions to Peter? Yes, come. That’s it! He didn’t tell him to wait until they got on land to come. He simply told him to come. In obedience, Peter jumped out of the boat and began walking to Jesus.
In this Scripture, God revealed to me something I had never really thought about before. Not only did Jesus walk on water, he enabled an ordinary fisherman to walk on water with him! What does that mean for you and me?
When you and I are willing to get out of our boats (comfort zones) and follow Jesus, He will enable us to walk on water (do the impossible) too!