Reading: Matthew 14:22-33
The story of Jesus walking on water in Matthew 14 is great. Before we can talk about Him walking on water, we need to first talk about Him feeding 5000 people from five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus had stopped where a group of people had been gathered from following Him. Jesus’ disciples told Him to move on for these people needed to go home to eat. What did Jesus respond? He said they don’t need to leave, they need to eat. So Jesus took five loaves of bread and two fish and turned it into enough food for 5000 men, women, and children.
If you had been in this situation, and you had just watched Jesus feed 5000 people from five loaves of bread and two fish what would have been your response? Would you have said, “Wow, Jesus must truly be our Saviour, if He can feed 5000 people from so little, then I MUST have faith that He can do anything!” Well often times our response to moments like this is an emotional response where we are thankful in the moment, and then so soon we forget why we were ever thankful. We forget our reason for having faith.
If you read the scripture above, you would know that what happens next is Jesus instructs his disciples to leave and go fishing while He finishes dismissing the people that were gathered. After sending home those gathered around Him, He started walking across the water towards the disciples on their boat. Calling out to Jesus, Peter asked Jesus to invite Him out on the water to prove that it truly was Him and not a ghost. So Peter walked on water.
Peter walked on the water, but Peter was afraid. He was afraid because he saw the danger of the waves around him instead of focusing on Jesus he focused on the fear. What happened next is a result of focusing on fear instead of faith. Instead of trusting God he looked at the waves and starting sinking. Peter started sinking because of his human desire to look at the small picture of whats going on around him, instead of seeking what was right in front of his eyes. Jesus was calling Peter to Him. He was inviting Peter out asking Peter to have faith that Jesus would keep his eyes above the waves.
How many of us have a faith like Peter? A faith that falls when we are faced by fear, danger, an unknown future? I know at many times in my life I’ve put my fear of the future and God’s path for my life above my faith in His plan. The problem here is that God has given me so many ways to keep my eyes focused on Him, instead of the waves, and yet I’ve looked at the waves.
Remember when I talked about forgetting our reason for having faith? Peter had forgotten all about Jesus feeding 5000 people the night previous. He was so consumed with the moment instead of letting Jesus take control. What reminders can you take with you everyday of why you have faith in such an awesome God that He walks on water and feeds a seemingly impossibly amount of people? We should be keeping our faith fresh each day by remembering His goodness and keeping our eyes on Him. Do you have a faith that moves with every breeze or one that is steadfast in who He is and who you are in Him?
“Do you have a faith that moves with every breeze or one that is steadfast in who He is and who you are in Him?”
The title for this post was “Walking Like Peter,” not because we should walk like Peter did in this instance. It was named as a reminder of how we shouldn’t walk. We shouldn’t walk in fear. What we should have though is a FAITH in a God who takes all our fears away. We should walk with faith daily. He has made a way for us not to be a slave to fear. We are His children, so we have no reason to fear.
I recently stepped down from my position as the Worship & Creative Arts Director at The Journey Church. It was a tough and prayerfully considered decision. For a while I was afraid to step down because that would mean I would have no income. My fear was that people would judge me for moving to Texas, living here for 3 years and then moving back home. Who moves home after working full-time at an amazing church for 3 years? I was afraid I would be a failure. Just as I started to fear, I had a anti-Peter moment. I remembered that my faith was in an all powerful God who was in control.
“He has made a way for us not to be a slave to fear.”
If God was going to call me out of a position. If God was going to call me on to the next step in my life… then He isn’t going to do it without a plan. This is where I know following my own path would fail me, but following Jesus’ plan for my life will give me the ultimate joy.
So this is where I am. Holding fast to the knowledge that He is greater than any of my fears, that He has a plan for my life, and that His plan will allow me to continue to glorify His name till the end!
I don’t know what is next for me. I just know that I want to keep serving Him and doing it to the best of my talents and gifts. Let’s keep the main thing the main thing, and let Him take control of our lives as we seek to glorify Him and build His kingdom!
It is my prayer for you today that you will let God take hold of your fear. That you will let Him take it and that you will focus on Him. Keep your eyes above the waves by having a faith that remembers He walks on water for you.
“Keep your eyes above the waves by having a faith that remembers He walks on water for you.”