Matthew 14: 28.”Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29. “Come,” he said, and 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?”
Before the Disciples got into the boat to sail to the other side a miracle had taken place, the feeding of five thousand people with only five loaves of bread and two fish. A little boy was willing to share his lunch, to bless the people! So, as Jesus was saying good bye to the crowd, He gave specific instructions for the Disciples, “Get into the boat, go to the other side,”!
It was early in the morning between 3 to 6 A.M, they were minding their own business, probably talking to each other, about the miracle, they had just witnessed. Something on the sea, alerted them and was coming towards them. It was totally out of place and the thought of a what it could be baffled them. Fear overcame them, thinking that it was a ghost, not knowing what to do, I can only imagine they started to row a little faster!
The Lord then spoke, “take courage and don’t be afraid it is I”. Peter then makes a bold statement! Lord if it is really you, let me come on the water! Jesus could have simply told Peter to stay in the boat, buy instead He said it is I, and simply said; “Come”!
We can learn a lot from this encounter, Jesus did not deny who He was and if we ask anything in His Name, He said that He would l do it! That day Peter became a water walker, and refused to let the limitation of the boat, the limitations of what the World had taught him, and the limitations of his own thoughts, keep him away from walking to the Lord. Wanting to be with the Lord, he stepped out on faith, and walked on the water, but as he walked, his natural mind kicked in. Looking at the waves tossed around by the wind, doubt came causing him to sink.
Another lesson we can learn from Peter is that when he was sinking, he cried out “Lord save me”! After that simple short prayer Jesus immediately reached out and caught Peter by the hand saving his life. And as they walked back to the boat, Jesus did not rebuke Peter because he stepped out on faith, but on the way back to the boat, Jesus was concerned as to why Peter lost his faith, and asked: “Why did you doubt?”
There were two kinds of Disciples those who stay in the boat, and those who walk on water. How do you classify yourself? Will you stay in the boat of mediocrity or have faith in the Lord and walk on the water? Peter wanted to be near Jesus, and that meant he had to step out of his comfort zone. He stepped out of the boat, in faith, on the simple word spoken by the Lord, “COME”! Even though we sink sometimes, we can still call upon His Name and He will save us! Walk on the water and believe God!