Where Is Your Faith?

Peter Walks on Water

Matthew 14:22-33 (NIV)

Jesus Walks on the Water

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Dr. Robert Fuller, pastor of the Crystal Cathedral started his church preaching on the roof of the concession stand at a Drive In Theater on Sunday mornings. From there, he grew to a church doing severall services and the church needed a new home. The architect who was hired asked what the ‘budget’ for the new home would be. Dr. Fuller said (paraphrased) “if it cost 10 million dollars, we wouldn’t have the money, and if it cost 1 million dollars we wouldn’t have the money. So, it really doesn’t make any difference. We need a vision (goal).”

Proverbs 29:18King James Version (KJV)

18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Peter had put Jesus in a position that where he could not lie. He must bid Peter to come to him. Peter’s faith in Jesus overtook his worldly reasoning. When Jesus bid him to ‘Come’, Peter had no choice. He had to go over the side and walk on the water.. and he did just that. Then he started looking at the circumstances. Then his worldly reasoning overtook his faith in Jesus. He started looking at the waves and took his eyes of of Jesus. He immediately began to sink into the sea he was just walking on previously. He recognized his plight and when he ‘began to sink’ he put his eyes back on Jesus and cried, ‘Lord, save me’. And that is what we often must do.

Sometimes we get out on the ‘water’ with our faith and then look around at the circumstances. The question becomes, do you believe the circumstances or do you believe Jesus. Jesus told Peter to come and walk on the water, and he did until the circumstances got in the way. Peter took his eyes off the goal. Jesus did not change, nor did His word. Only what Peter was putting his faith in changed. When we find ourseves sinking into the circumstances, we too can cry ‘Lord, save me’ and He will, just as He did with Peter.

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.” – Henry Ford

God Bless your reading and understanding.

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