Have you been following an invitation that you received from the Lord, yet you find yourself under water in a stormy sea that is too rough in which to stay afloat? Are your swimming skills and strength not enough to keep your nose above water?
Is only your hand visible to the world around you, but the world seems to be preoccupied with their own survival in their own trials of life?
“’Lord, if it’s you,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to you on the water.’
‘Come,’ he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’”
~ Matthew 14:28-30 NIV
This story is fascinating. Let’s look at some of the positive lessons that we can learn from it for application to our own storm-filled lives.
1. Peter Asked Jesus for Guidance
He saw what Jesus was doing, walking on the water, and he inquired of the Lord whether he should or could join Him.
2. Jesus Provided Peter with Guidance
“Come” is the Lord’s invitation to Peter, to come to Him doing the same thing that He was doing, walking on the water.
3. Peter’s Courage and Faith To Leap
The weather was stormy and the waters were choppy with waves from the wind. The atmosphere was difficult even for boats to navigate, much less to go swimming in. Peter’s courage and faith shot up at the invitation of Jesus to join Him, and he took the leap out of the boat onto the water.
4. Peter Walked on the Water!
While we might erroneously focus on Peter’s subsequent sinking, we must not neglect to absorb the truth that Peter did actually walk on the water!
5. Peter Took His Eyes Off of Jesus.
It was when Peter started to look around at the weather, wind, rain, and waves, that his faith and courage faltered. It was when he reconsidered what he was doing (walking on water) and compared it with his natural abilities (the irony here is that his name is Peter, which means Rock!), that he began to sink into the stormy waters.
6. He Cried Out to Jesus for Help.
Though we might say that his dire situation was obvious to Jesus, Peter nonetheless cried out to Him.
7. Jesus Rescued Peter from His Fear-Induced Sinking.
Jesus had invited him to join Him on the water. Peter was in pursuit of being with Jesus, and The Lord was not about to neglect Peter.
8. Jesus Encouraged More Faith!
Jesus did not rebuke Peter for leaping into this situation. He didn’t say, “That will teach you to leap out of a perfectly good boat that My Father has blessed you with.” Instead, Jesus encouraged that which makes a successful mission in life: having faith in Him.
Cry out to the Lord. He will rescue you. He will restore you to your place ON the water instead of UNDER the water. He invited you to join Him where He was working, and His invitation was not to your own funeral.
Jesus encourages your courage and faith that is anchored in Him and in His guidance. If Peter can walk on the stormy water, sink in the stormy water, and then be restored to walking on the stormy water… so can you be restored to the “walking on the stormy water” mission that Jesus has invited you in the past to join Him in doing today.
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