I love the story of Peter walking on water. The disciples were in the middle of a storm when they looked out and saw Jesus walking on the water. Naturally, the disciples were afraid and didn’t believe that could possibly be Jesus walking on the water! But Peter, my personal favorite disciple, decided to “test the waters” so to speak. He said okay, if that’s really you Jesus, let me come out there and walk on water with you (Matthew 14:28).
But Peter, my personal favorite disciple, decided to “test the waters”
I admire his boldness! I see Peter’s boldness in so many believers, that fiery faith that cries out to God to perform miracles. However, sometimes, like Peter, our doubt hinders our Faith. We have the faith to say “okay God, I am in the middle of the storm, walking on water, blind and without understanding of the plan, but I trust You” until fear sets in or until the point where things don’t seem to be going the way we thought they would and we begin to struggle with doubt. Understandably so…
Matthew 14:29-30 “Jesus said, ‘Come!’ Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water to Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind, he was afraid. He began to go down in the water. He cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’” (NIV)
I can imagine that Peter thought that Jesus would allow him to walk on water and the storm would cease instantly. Or maybe he underestimated how scary it would be walking in the middle of the storm. It was one thing to experience the storm from inside the boat, that was scary enough, but to be walking in the middle of it with no tangible safety net, that’s even scarier. However, even in the midst of the chaos Jesus’s response was awakening? “At once Jesus put out His hand and took hold of him. Jesus said to Peter, ‘You have so little faith! Why did you doubt?’” (v. 31, NIV). I don’t know about you, but I want to have GREAT faith!
Storms are scary, but God is bigger than any storm you will ever face.
In my personal experience, I had to pray a sincere prayer and tell God honestly, “I trust you to bring me through the storm, but help me not to get scared in the middle of it”. I am a control freak, an over-analyzer, and a fixer so I don’t like not knowing what’s coming. I get angry at darkness because I can’t see what lies ahead! But blind faith is big faith! Your faith is truly tested when you have no clue what’s coming, no control, and no way to prepare. Ask yourself the following questions:
Can you trust God when everything around you gives you reason to doubt?
What is trust if you already know what’s coming and have no reason to doubt?
On the contrary, 2 Timothy 1:7 says “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” and Romans 8:28 says “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” so where is there room for any disbelief?
Storms are scary, but God is bigger than any storm you will ever face. That Big God has promised to work all things out for your good and He has given you a sound mind (peace) even in the midst of the storm.
Mali Music put it beautifully in his song Walking Shoes where he says “And no matter what I can’t stop walking, I know it’s the only way to go and if I keep walking Imma be okay. It’s not always about knowing why, sometimes it’s all about knowing what and that’s enough to keep you walking every day”. We may not know what is on the other side of the storm or how God will bring us through it but if we would just keep our eyes on Him and keep walking, before we know it, the storm will cease.
I love you on purpose,