I know that there are many individuals who like me grew up in Sunday school hearing and envisioning Peter the disciple who walked on the water and then the following week at the city pool we would try and mimic the Bible lesson as we took a step on the water.
No matter how many times we sunk, we would keep trying again and again with no avail. There’s definitely something to be said about the raw undefiled faith of children.
Peter and the other disciples in Matthew 14:24-33 were in the small boat going to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. They had just experienced Jesus feeding the multitude, but like so many of us, the disciples still didn’t have a grasp on who Jesus really was.
They were still on their journey of getting to know who Jesus was. The scripture says that in the wee hours of the morning Jesus came to them walking on the stormy water. I just want to say that it doesn’t take very much to frightened people from 3 to 6 a.m. in the morning. Let alone a person who they don’t recognize walking on the sea.
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Yet, even after Jesus calms their fears by letting them know it was he, Peter still questions him in verse 28 with a proposition of “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So Jesus does and Peter climbs out of a perfectly safe boat onto the turbulent water.
There are no shortages of excuses that can talk you and me as adults out of what God wants for us.
To often we have allowed things that we are familiar and comfortable with to become a type of security blanket in our lives, keeping us from ever experiencing the reality of who God is and what his plan for us is.
It’s like the baby who grows and matures and one day comes to the point of having to let go of their baby blanket that gives them a calming security. There’s really no protection ability or safety value in the tattered frail blanket, but it’s something that a child has for much of his young life, giving him a disillusion of security. In the same manner many adults have settled into a place of comfort and dependability to a point of repeating the same cycle of the security blanket?
Most of the disciples like Peter had grown up spending much of their time on boats and relying on them to keep them safe. Jesus challenged Peter to get out and walk to him in the midst of a storm.
So putting excuses aside and looking to Jesus through a deeper belief of who he is, Peter got out of his comfort zone and walked on the water. He experienced God in a way that none has ever been able to experience before. Only one disciple up until now has that testimony! The others stayed in the confinements of what was safe and normal to them.
Therefore, there comes a time for each of us also to quit making excuses and get out of our boat and walk on the water. It doesn’t matter what the circumstances are and who cares what others are saying, it’s time to focus on what Jesus is saying. You see it’s not a matter of how bad the circumstances are, but which ones were focused on! Our eyes must be fixed on Jesus.