Peter, Walking on the Water, and Faith

 

 

This morning as I was reading the Bible and looking over notes in my journal, I read the following scripture and was inspired to write about it.

When I think about the story of Peter walking the water, it truly amazes me. It causes me to think a lot deeper about walking the Faith walk.

Walking by Faith is definitely a daily journey and not something to be done without the help of the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 14:22-31 (NIV) Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn, Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “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!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

Verse 31 says, Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

You and I can look at that and say, “I’d never sink, I’d keep trusting Jesus.”

The truth is, though, most of us wouldn’t even take a step about of the boat in the first place. Let’s think of real life.

How many times do we stop doing something because we aren’t sure?

How many times do we quit because we are afraid?

Maybe I’m the only one in the whole wide world that does this, but I’m pretty sure I’m not. If I do it all the time, I’m pretty sure there are a few more like me.

How many times do I take a step of faith believing by the Holy Spirit I should, only to begin to doubt and let go of the whole thing?

Way more often than I’d like to admit.

It’s so important to set our eyes on Jesus-the author and protector of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross.

It’s when we lose focus that everything flops.

Every single day it’s a battle to keep our eyes focused on our Saviour.

It’s like we need to put Spiritual Blinders on. (Like a race horse)

My prayer is that you (and I) would put more of our focus on the Word of God and less on the world around us. He is the one who gives us victory.

 

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