Walking Through The Storms
Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.
“Yes, come,” Jesus said.
So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.
Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”
Matthew 14:28-31 (NLT)
In the storms of your life, are you like Peter, who will become terrified while looking at the strong circumstance coming over your life, or will you fix your eyes on Jesus?
1) Peter fixed his eyes on what was near
For Peter, he took notice of the strong winds and the waves. Even though he was the one who initiated Jesus to let him walk on the water, instead of having that strong faith, believing that he will get to Jesus, he took notice of the strong waves that was beneath his feet.
Similarly, when we are walking through life’s’ storms, will we fix our eyes on the present situation which seems unsolvable, or will we fix our eyes on Jesus?
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
2) Crossing over the supernatural as a natural being
Put yourself in this situation: if you are Peter, and Jesus asks you to walk on the water to meet with Him, will you be able to do so? Will you fret because you are walking on the water or will you stir up your faith and believe that you are not going to sink or fall down because Jesus is right opposite you?
Perhaps you would have thought that you are in a natural realm so if Jesus asks you to walk on water, the first thought that may come to your mind would be: “But this is the sea! How can I be able to walk on water? It’s nuts!”
Well, will you have just that little faith to believe that you will be safe in His hands? For our God is a supernatural God, and all you need to do is to believe.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.Proverbs 3:5 (NLT)
3) Overcome fear with faith
Notice that God assured the disciples when they were afraid:
When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!”But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!”Matthew 14:26-27 (NLT)
Shortly after Jesus assured them, Peter walked over to Jesus. But he began to sink as he walked over. Didn’t Jesus just assure him that “I am here?” Or was Peter too old that he became to be forgetful?
Therefore, when Jesus assures, have faith that will not lead to doubt. Even when constant problems hit your life, remember that God is always with you.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; He will come and save you.”Isaiah 35:4 (NKJV)