“But Jesus immediately said to them, ‘Take courage! It is I. Do not be afraid’”
The disciples were in a storm-tossed boat at sea, “buffeted by waves because the wind was against it” (v.24). Around 3 a.m. they were terrified by a figure approaching them walking on the water. They thought it was a ghost and “cried out in fear” (v.26). “But Jesus immediately said to them, ‘Take courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.’”
Then Peter replied, “Lord, if it’s You, tell me to come to You on the water” (v. 28). At Jesus’ invitation, “Come,” Peter, now certain it was Jesus, left the security of the boat, entrusted himself to the power of God, and began walking on the water toward Jesus!
To walk on water, we need to discern between God’s voice, the world’s voice and even our own impulses. We also must leave our comfort zone if we want to experience His miracles and blessings—and increase our faith. On the other hand, if the Lord does not call you to do something, do not even try it. You will sink every time.
Our boat is whatever we put our faith in when days are dark and life gets stormy—it is anything that stops us from getting out of our comfort zone. In it we may feel safe and secure, so why not just stay there and avoid possible failure or messing up? In other words, why “rock the boat”?
God designed us to do more than that. He is calling us to step out in faith and accomplish the plans He has for us (Jeremiah 29:11). Leaving it is scary, yet it is the most rewarding step we can take.
It is not failing that makes you a failure; it’s quitting. In fact, failure can play an important part in learning. When a baby tries to walk, what would happen if he gave up after his first attempt? He falls many times and gets back up again and again.
As with Peter, so it is in our walk with God—even though we start to sink, it does not mean we are sunk. We just need to keep looking to Jesus and let His power raise us up. “All things are possible to the one who believes” (Mark 9:23).
Winston Churchill said, “I’ve never failed at anything in my life. I was simply given another opportunity to get it right.” What a spirit of victory! Let’s make it ours!
What “walk on water” experience is Jesus inviting you to trust Him for just now?
Through our difficulties we learn to be…
weak enough to lean upon His strength;
small enough to look upon His greatness;
empty enough to draw upon His fullness;
poor enough to depend upon His riches;
needy enough to count upon His grace.