Google+ 11/01/13 Have We Walked on Water Lately?

Matthew 14:28-32

 

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.

 

In part five of our eighteen-part devotion series entitled, "Water, Water, Everywhere!" Matthew is sharing a faith story with us that is so true.  The disciples have just come from the feeding of the five thousand.  Jesus has instructed them to get back in the boat and go fish.  They were obedient and set sail.  They had a prosperous night and morning on the boat.  Before sunrise, Jesus comes to them in the fog and they don't recognize Him, partly because He is walking on water!  In the early morning mist, the disciples think they have seen a ghost.  Jesus speaks to them and they are all unsure if it is really Christ.  Peter, being Peter, questions Jesus and asks for a sign.  Jesus obliges, tells Peter to come towards Him, and enables Peter to walk on the water.  As Peter is walking toward Jesus on the water, a storm ensues.  Peter takes his eyes off Jesus and begins to sink.  Peter cries out to Jesus to save him.  Jesus does, but then delivers a message we all need to hear.  Jesus proclaims that Peter has so little faith and asks why he doubted Him at all.  Often our faith as human beings is difficult, at best.  Initially, we are captivated by the power of God through His Son Jesus Christ.  We never take our eyes off of Him.  We accomplish great things as God works through us and the Holy Spirit.  Then the "storms" come.  Ridicule, hate, jealousy, gossip, anger, disobedience, frustration, misunderstanding,  and envy all attack us from many sides, making lots of "noise."  We can quickly become distracted and sink if we take our eyes off of Jesus.  Let's fight those distractive tendencies and heed the warning that Jesus gave Peter.  Let's have great faith and not doubt Jesus.  That leads to a question we should all ask ourselves today.  "Have We Walked on Water Lately?"