As Christians, what we do believe is that God sent his Son to earth to save us from our sins. What we do not believe is in the omnipotent (All Powerful) and omnipresent (Always Present) power that God’s Son has.
When I think of great acts of faith, Peter’s walk on the water immediately comes to mind. At face value, Peter walked on water. Even for just a few moments, he walked on water. Let’s not make light of this feat. The Bible clearly states “… Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus” (Matt 14.29). I do not care if Peter took 1, 2, or 50,000 steps. There is no importance in the number of steps he took. It only took 1 to activate his faith (James 2:26). There are many Christians that won’t even take 1 step. A mustard seed sized faith is all we are asked to have (Matthew 17:20). This is the smallest seeds in the growing business, yet one of the largest trees comes from it. The Word of God tells us to live life courageously; without limits!! When we step out on faith, God empowers us. He meets us. His love never fails. Never lose sight of that. The point of everything that God does, and allows in our lives, is to draw us closer to him (John 12:32).
An important aspect of Peter’s watery experience is that Jesus walked on the water first. He walked out from the land to meet the boat (Matt 14:24-25). At this point, Jesus was fully God and fully man. He walked a considerable distance on the water to reach the disciple’s boat. This water-walk was any example to the disciples, and to us, that man is only limited by our faith in God. Jesus believed who and whose He was. As Jesus walked out his faith, He called out to the disciples. He identified himself as he approached the boat (Matt 14:27). Because of their fear, or lack of faith, the disciples did not recognize the voice of Jesus. They had eaten together. Stayed together. Traveled together, and so on. In fact, they just witnessed him minister to large crowds of people earlier that same day. Yet, they did not recognize His voice.
It’s no surprise that Peter was the one that got it of the boat. He was fearless, aggressive, and outspoken. Peter was known to be a hothead. It was normal for him to take on any challenge. The disciples thought it was a ghost approaching and Peter was ready to attack it. His action was fueled by his belief that Jesus was the Son of God. That, got him out of the boat. However, Peter lack faith in the power of Jesus being the Son of God. That is what caused him to become afraid, doubt, and ultimately sink into the water. Let’s be clear here. As Christians, we do believe that God sent his Son to earth to save us from our sin. What we don’t believe is in the omnipotent (All Powerful) and omnipresent (Always Present) power that God’s Son has. Troubles that come our way don’t show whom we are by how we respond to it. Trouble shows who we are by what we believe through them. Faith moves our feet, and the hands of God.
Peter’s faltered faith found him floundering like a fish. He took his eyes off of Jesus and looked at the wind and waves crashing all around him. He let his fears overwhelm him. Believing that you serve a God that can and will call you out of your comfortable boat to Himself guarantees that whatever you are called to, can be done. So step lively, and in glorious anticipation!! Keep focused on God and move in your calling. Lost focus can result in missing the point of receiving the call. God wants to demonstrate his power and love through your life as he completes his plan for your life. The blessing is to serve God with your gift. Keep focused on God, and keep your ankles dry.
Lord, thank you for the calling on my life. Thank You for choosing me to be a part of Your plan. If You called me to it, I believe that you will bring me through it. By faith I move towards You. I keep my eyes fixed on You. Part the waters for me. Lead, guide, and direct my steps as I follow you. Give me Your peace, grace, and mercy. In Jesus name, amen.
1. Was there a time in your life that you felt that the Holy Spirit was calling you out of your comfortable boat? Explain:
2. How did you feel when you realize that you were being called to serve the Kingdom of God?
3. If you moved towards God, how? Did God move his hands to support you, and how?
Faith moves our feet, and the hands of God.
- Matthew 14:29 (NASB) And He said, … came toward Jesus.
And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
- James 2:26 (NASB) For just … works is dead.
26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
- Matthew 14:24-25 (NASB) And He *said to … impossible to you.
24 But the boat was already a long distance from the land, battered by the waves; for the wind was acontrary.
25 And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea
- John 12:32 (NASB) “And I, if … men to Myself.”
“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.”
- Matthew 14:27 (NASB)
27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”