Verse of the Day: Peter, suddenly bold, said, "Master, if it's really you, call me to come to you on the water." He said, "Come ahead." Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 14:28-29)
After Jesus had fed the five thousand (Matt. 14:13-21), he had his disciples get into a boat and head to the other side while he dismissed the people. He went up to a mountainside to pray, because, well, he's Jesus and all. And he headed back to return to his crew. The boat, by this point, was pretty far from land. And the boat was being buffeted by the waves ... because the wind was against it.
It's early in the morning and Jesus starts walking toward the boat. The disciples are terrified. They think it's a ghost. Jesus announces himself. Out of 12 disciples, Peter is the only one brave enough to ask Jesus to bid him, too, to come out and walk on water. Jesus says, "Come ahead." And out walks Peter.
I've heard it said time and time again that Peter wasn't "walking on water." He was walking ... on the foundation of the Word of God.
Peter starts walking. He's steady for a while. But when he saw the waves, he became afraid. Peter had heard Jesus tell him to walk on the water. But he became afraid in response to the conditions that he saw (we walk by faith, not by sight 2 Cor. 5:7).
As long as Peter stayed in the boat, he was subject to the laws of nature. Because the WIND was AGAINST the BOAT. But when Peter walked out of the boat and stepped on the Word of God, he made a spiritual transition from depending on natural resources ... to depending on the Source.
A lot of us want to walk toward Jesus ... but keep our faith in the boat. Pick a struggle, sis. The issue with Peter is the same issue that confronts many of us: We have enough faith to step out of the boat. But not enough faith to trust that God can be God despite the conditions outside the boat. #bloop
God's Word for YOUR life is not half-baked. He's the Alpha and the Omega. His Word will not return to him void. With that business. That idea. That vision. That assignment. By the time Jesus has bid you to "Come," he's already made provision for every step you'll take.
Rock the boat and work it in the middle, sis! Okay, let's pray: Father. I know you to be the Supreme Creator. You have dominion over all the heavens and the earth. This week, this month, this year, when You bid me to "Come," help me to build my faith that I can follow You with confidence. Help me to trust in Your word above my conditions. Help me to trust in what You say over what I see. In Jesus' name. Amen.