September 1, 2016
Peter is the one disciple of Jesus I identify with most. I am not like Peter, however, given all the slip-ups in my life; if Peter can be used by God to bring glory to His kingdom, then there is hope for me.
After feeding 5,000 men, plus women and children, Jesus sent his disciples to the other side of the sea intending to join them later. He needed some alone time with His Father. While the disciples were crossing the sea, they encountered a fierce opposing wind. These veteran fishermen were used to the inclement weather and storms on occasion, but there was something unusual about this particular storm – it was not natural.
While they were struggling with this unnatural opposition, Jesus came to them at about 3 to 6 in the morning – that’s a word for someone! When the disciples first saw Jesus, they believed Him to be a phantom; He calmed their fear by reassuring them that it was Him and not a ghost. Peter then said, “Master, if that is really you, bid me to come.” Jesus replied, “Come!” Peter stepped out of the boat in the midst of the storm and began to walk on water. However, when he shifted his focus from Jesus to the storm he began to sink into the water. Jesus saved him.
We are critical of Peter because his faith fluttered and he began to sink. Jesus said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” Let me refocus your attention – Peter was the only disciple who stepped out by faith in the midst of the storm. The other disciples remained in the safety of the boat. In these last days, God is looking for men and women who are willing to step out of the security and comfort of their boat in the midst of the unnatural storm. He is looking for “Water Walkers!”
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