WALKING ON WATER
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”John 14:12
When we look at Matt 14:23-32, we see the account of Jesus walking on water to meet the disciples who were on the ship in the midst of a boisterous storm. Now this might not appear to be something out of the ordinary for someone like Jesus because we know he did miracles always and walked in the miraculous but the striking thing in that passage is that we saw another person walk on the water; Peter and all he had to do was to ask and Jesus told him to come. There are some things we are going to learn from Peter’s walk on the water.
Firstly we can see that Peter asked to come on the water in Matthew 14:28 “And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.” Here we see the principle of asking and receiving as implied in Matt 7:7, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:” and even the very next verse affirms it in Matt 7:8 that says “for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Whenever we ask in faith we receive an answer, it’s expedient we ask so our joy can be full “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”
The second thing we see is that as long as Peter kept his gaze on Jesus and obeyed his word that he should come, he never sank Matthew 14:29 “And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.”, this shows us that as long as you have received the word you should hold on it and look up to Jesus to completely fulfill it because his word stands sure, Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
The third thing we see is that the moment he looked away and he focused on the storm rather than Jesus he began to sink Matthew 14:30 “But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.”, the moment we take gaze away from Jesus and focus on the problem, our faith will be shaken and its Jesus that is the author and finisher of our faith, Hebrews 12:2a “looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;.” and if our faith is shaken we have no stand in Christ and we may lose our hold in him because faith is the currency we spend in Christ with God, Hebrews 11 vs 6 “But without faith, it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
The last thing we see in this scripture is that regardless of whenever you fall probably due to lack of faith or focus, whenever we call on him he will answer and save us Matthew 14: 31-32“And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.” And not only will he save us, but the storms will also cease and we will have peace. Glory to God
This passage helps us understand how we walk on the water as believers and how we overcome storms as believers, walking on water might not mean water literally but the “water” in context covers our day-to-day activities and lives maybe in business, career, or ministry, family amongst others. We know that as long as our gaze is on Jesus Christ our Lord, our faith is sustained and we keep walking on water and we can never sink because he never sank, and just like our opening text has enlightened us that the works he did we will do also and even greater works shall we do.
Fix your gaze on him today.
Further reading: Matt 14 vs 23-32, Psalms 121 vs 1-4
Confession: I confess today that my gaze is continually fixed on Jesus and my faith is in Christ and I walk on water and will not sink because Christ never sank. Hallelujah