The imagery is incredible. On a dark night on the Sea of Galilee we are allowed a glimpse into the world of the supernatural. Following the miracle where Jesus fed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish, He sent His disciples ahead of Him to cross the sea by boat. As they sailed across the sea that night, a storm arose. Not a big deal, but it caused some fear, nonetheless. But that’s not the focus of the story. The most magnificent part of the plot unfolding here is what happened next. Jesus comes walking to the disciples on the water. He is defying all the laws of nature – supernatural. The disciples no longer worried about the storm. Their fear shifted to what they believed was a ghost. Jesus, hearing their cries, calmed their fears by telling them to “take courage.” And after speaking directly to their fears, He does the unthinkable. He invites Peter to join Him. “Come,” Jesus tells him. So Peter, being as impulsive as he always was, yet with a seemingly child-like faith, jumps out of the boat and starts to walk. On water! However, it’s not long before Peter takes his eyes off of Jesus, becomes fearful of his surroundings, and starts to sink. (Matthew 14:22-33)
This story has something for all of us, because we all have a tendency to be like Peter sometimes. Jesus invites us to become a participant in the impossible and we jump in with both feet, only to fall victim to the same outcome as Peter did once our fears become our focus. Have you been there? Me too.
Did you know that as a follower of Christ you possess something that the unbelieving world does not. This resource at your very fingertips is the key that literally unlocks the power of God to work in your life. Do you know what it is? It is your faith. It is believing the impossible. It is believing in God’s ability and not solely relying on your own. Your faith is the single greatest power in your life, because that faith, when properly focused on its Object, gives you access to what is impossible in your own strength. With it, you can accomplish the unthinkable. With it, you can climb unreachable heights. With it, you can walk on water. But without it, you will surely sink. Jesus, seeing Peter was sinking, reached out His hand and rescued him, questioning Peter, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
What causes you to doubt? Is it because you are all too aware of your own limitations? Is it because you are fearful of failing? Are you afraid you will sink? Are you so afraid of disappointing God that you don’t even attempt His call in your life? We all find ourselves there at times. We have an incredible desire to do great things, to fulfill His call, but the waves start crashing in and we lose our focus. Our fears start telling us, “impossible,” while all along God is saying, “With Me, all things are possible!”
Don’t be fearful. Simply believe. Believe that the God who has called you will certainly equip you. If He has invited you to step out onto the water, then go ahead and jump in. But keep your eyes on Him and don’t let the things around you become distractions to that which He has called you. Because you, as a child of God, are meant to walk on water.
"Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible." -Corrie Ten Boom
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