Matt. 14:25-29 “25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, it is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.”
Instead of realizing that God was behind this glorious supernatural phenomenon they credit this as demonic, a ghost or spirit, but not the Spirit of God. How often has God attempted to get our attention or to increase our faith, but because we are not comfortable or familiar with what’s going on we immediately say, or dismissed it as not of God. Fear will paralyze us from moving forward in the blessings and promises of God, just like it did the other Apostles on that boat. Fear, is the very opposite of what God has for us. God wants to bless us; the enemy wants to keep us from the blessings of God.
Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
The Lord allows the storms and trials in our lives to perfect us, and increase our faith. Peter immediately takes advantage of this situation. Instead of Peter being immobilized by fear, faith arises in him to believe for the impossible. Once Peter understood that this is the Lord, and that this phenomenon is of God, Peter wanted to be a part of it, involve in what the Lord was doing.
“27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.”
Peter had enough sense to ask to walk on the water, he did not assume that he could do the miraculous under his own ability or power, but only by the Spirit and will of God. The storm was still waging, but Peter’s passion for the things of God exceeded the fear of his surroundings. At that moment Peter’s attention was focus on Jesus, not the storm waging around him. At that moment Peter had a peace, because his eyes were on the Lord, and not the problem. Peter didn’t ask to walk on water; he asked to come to Jesus who was on the water. Peter didn’t ask for a sign or a wonder, he didn’t ask Jesus to stop the storm. He asked to go where Jesus was. Jesus would never turn anyone down who asked to come to him. Many of us ask for Jesus to come to where we are at in our circumstances. Peter asked to come to where Jesus was.
For to long we have taught that the miracle was simply walking on the water. The focus shouldn’t be walking on water, but walking with Jesus no matter where we are or what we our going through. The miracle is walking through the storms with Jesus. If we can stand with Jesus in the storms, we can stand with him though anything.
“29 And he said, come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.” Peter climbs out of the boat, amazed as he steadies himself and walks on water toward Jesus. Like a toddler taking their first steps toward mom or dad.
The interesting thing is there were eleven other men on that boat. Why didn’t they ask to come to Jesus on the waters? The opportunity was there. They probably didn’t ask for the same reason many of us don’t, we don’t believe it applies to us. Most of the men must have been looking at the storm, instead of Jesus. Some may have thought, “Peter gets all the breaks or blessings, it just not fair.” While a few may have been waiting for him to fail or succeed, before they dare ask. Yet, the opportunity was now, not later…to be continued.