When Jesus called his disciples to follow him, they dropped everything and followed. When Peter gets called out of the boat into a stormy ocean, he steps out. I want that kind of boldness, that kind of faith in Jesus.
There’s two things I want to look at in Peter’s story:
1. In the middle of the storm, Peter still recognizes Jesus.
The rest of the disciples were completely terrified when they saw Jesus walking across the water. And why wouldn’t they be? On top of an aggressive storm tossing their boat around, now there’s what appears to be a ghost walking toward them on the water.
“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.” – Matthew 14:28-29 NLT
There have been times where I do the same thing. I will be ready to take that leap, step out of the boat, and I pray for God to just give me that clear call to step out. But, in the middle of crisis and pain, it can be hard to stretch yourself and take a risk, especially when it doesn’t seem like Jesus is near. In those hazy and confusing times, let’s sincerely call out to Jesus to invite us into the supernatural, whatever He may have in store for us.
2. Peter looks away, he loses faith, and he sinks. But, Jesus is right there to catch him.
I don’t believe the point of this event was to just walk on water as a show of power. This was a test of faith. It was meant to convey a message that if Jesus calls you to walk on water, your feet will defy the very laws of nature. When you put your faith in Him, He can help you walk where you never dreamed you could.
A quick disclaimer, this is not a hint at the prosperity gospel. You will face storms while you walk with Christ. We live in a fallen world with hurting people. Peter was surrounded by a raging sea, even when he stepped out in faith the waves still were too much for him. But Jesus reaches out and catches him.
“And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?'” – Matthew 14:31 NKJV
We see Jesus pulling Peter up from sinking and simply asking, “Why did you lose faith in me?”
And what is our reply?
Life is too busy. I was feeling sick. I’m too stressed out. I’m depressed. I just don’t believe in that kind of stuff anymore.
Whatever your stormy sea is, Jesus is calling you to walk through it into His arms. To step out of your comfort zone and take a risk for Him. Even if we sink for lack of faith, He is still faithful to get us out of the storm. We just need enough faith to take that first step.