There is a reason why this blog is called walking on water ministries, and it is not because I am showing off at all, quite the opposite. This story is very relevant in my life. It has been in the past, it is right now, and I’m sure it will be in the future. I would like to show you what I get out of this story, and why I have decided to name my blog (and ministry) after this story. Let’s take a look at the scripture.
Jesus Walks on Water
Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.
Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!”
But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!”
Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”
“Yes, come,” Jesus said.
So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.
Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”
When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. Then the disciples worshipped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed. – Matthew 14:22-33
Firstly the disciples, thought they were alone, this made them rather scared when the storm came up. They thought that because they couldn’t see Jesus, that they were not safe. How often do we ‘forget’ God’s promises to us, and ‘forget’ that we have the Holy Spirit? This causes us fear when we look up and see the storm. Secondly, They didn’t recognise Jesus. How often do we not recognise the voice of God? Probably because we don’t spend enough time listening to it. I’m speaking to myself here too, hence the name of the blog. This is just the beginning of the story, the rest is the exciting part.
Peter wants to join Jesus on the water, just like we want to join in the ministry, we want to have the faith and do the impossible to follow Jesus. So we step out of the boat, full of confidence, and we step on the water. All seems well, but then our eyes leave Jesus and we see the storm, the storm which is threatening us. The storm that shows that we really shouldn’t be out on the water. We start to sink. We panic even more, so we sink further. As desperation sinks in, we grab Jesus’ outstretched arm and He pulls us up. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” Good question, why do we doubt Him? It is because we take our eyes off of Jesus and focus on the waves instead. This is such an easy mistake to make, that is why spending time with God is so important. This is where I am in my life, doing my best to focus on Jesus and not on the storm.
The last part of the story is when they all get back in the boat and the storm stops. The storm is temporary, Jesus is forever. I am determined to trust my Saviour, and not focus on the storm. Jesus is forever, the storm (whatever it may be) is coming to an end. The best part of the story, is that even though I may fail from time to time and focus on the storm, Jesus is always there to catch me! How can you not worship Him?
Step out of the boat.