As I read a blog entitled What Pleases God by Harkrider, I thought once again of the time when Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water. Often Peter is criticized for sinking. What we conveniently forget is that he was the only one to get out of the boat, he did actually walk on the water and he had enough sense to cry out for Jesus to rescue him when he began to sink. Are these important details? Yes.
It is critical that we as Christians learn how to live by faith. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God. If our faith does not grow, we will not live victoriously. There is no way around it. We must be placed in situations which require us to exercise our faith in order for us to grow in faith so that we may truly live by faith and thus please God.
Peter started out by not being content with where he was. He didn't want to be in the boat with the rest of the disciples, waiting for Jesus to still the storm and rescue them. He wanted to be where Jesus was. Here was the problem. He knew if he stepped out of that boat, he was going to drowned. He did not have the power to walk on the water but he knew the One who did. He cried out to Jesus saying, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” (Matthew 14:28). Jesus bade him to come; Peter obeyed and he walked on the water.
Have you ever noticed that the storm did not cease when Peter got out of the boat? In the back of our minds we seem to think that the storms in our lives will cease the moment we "get out of the boat" and begin to walk by faith. Sometimes it does but often it does not. You have to keep on walking.
Peter stopped. Instead of focusing on Jesus he focused on his surroundings, his circumstances. This is when he began to sink. As long as he kept his eyes on Jesus, as long as he kept walking by faith the storm did not have a negative impact on him. The wind was blowing just as hard. The waves were just as high but that didn't matter in the least. These things could not hinder him from walking on the water towards Jesus until he started to look at them instead.
We've got to keep on walking. I don't care if you have prayed for someone for 27 years and they have still not come to Christ. You've got to keep on walking. You may have lost your job, your home and your family, your reputation or your health but you've got to keep on walking. If you stop walking, the enemy wins. I know I don't want that and neither do you. We simply must keep on walking and resolve within our hearts that stopping is simply not an option.
You've got to keep on walking.
well now I have to edit my mantra "Just keep swimming" to "Just keep walking"
God Bless K,
You knocked this one not only over the fence, but plum out of town. Extremely good explanation of a biblical teaching. I don't believe anybody could show any 'hostility' to this.
This site is blessed to have you K , and they best not forget it.
By the way, I will keep on walking. Thanks for the encouragement. God Bless you. Billy.