First, I thank the Lord for giving me the opportunity to write this morning. I pray that You, Lord, open my eyes and digest the Word the way I’m supposed to.
I decided to read this morning about when Peter was asked by Jesus to walk onto water. Matthew 14:28-33.
But Jesus was quick to comfort them. “Courage, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.” Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come ahead.” Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!” Jesus didn’t hesitate, He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, “Fainting heart, what got into you?” The two of them climbed into the boat, and the wind died down. The disciples in the boat, having watched the whole thing, worshiped Jesus, saying, “This is it! You are God’s Son for sure!”
This passage is pretty incredible. Peter commanded that if it really were Jesus that Jesus call him out for proof. So not only did Jesus call Peter out, he called Peter out to walk onto the water.
Take a second to digest that for a second, someone seriously was called to walk on the water…last time I checked if you or I try to walk on the water…we sink. So imagine how bold Peter was in faith to actually walk onto the water. Peter didn’t really hesitate either, he just did what was asked of him. However, once Peter got out on the water, Peter’s faith began to waiver…He began to focus more on the fact he was walking on water rather than doing what was asked by him by Jesus. This is something very interesting and relevant to todays society.
There are plenty of times where we forget WHY we’re doing something and just focus on the task at hand…You see, that’s incorrect, we need to focus on the WHY and not the WHAT. If Peter would have focused on the WHY, which was fulfilling Jesus’ request, then he wouldn’t have sunk. It’s fascinating. What’s even more astonishing about this passage, even though right he doubted Jesus RIGHT in front of him…he called to Jesus for help and Jesus helped. Think about that for a second as well…
Let’s say that you ask someone to do something and they doubt you and sort of half way do something, then within moments of not taking you seriously they call for your help, would you help them? This is what’s so incredible about Jesus, He never took a moment off. It’s really hard to comprehend that someone could be so spectacular as Jesus was…also if you read on deeper into the passage, Jesus also healed the sick.
I wish I would have the audacity that Peter did to actually walk on the water when Jesus called. Not only would I wish to have that faith, I would LOVE to fulfill the faith of the Lord. I would want to finish the task I’m asked to accomplish.
I find this passage to be so relevant today, much like every story in the Bible. My experience in doing my devotions is becoming more and more such a learning opportunity and am loving it more and more by the day. God is so good. Never forget that.
Again, I thank the Lord for giving me the opportunity to wake up this morning! I love waking up to worship the Lord by devotions and reading His Word! My fire for the Lord is so strong! I have y’all have a wonderful day and God bless!