Welcome to part two!! If you haven’t read part one of this topic, feel free to check it out by clicking here! I have already talked about Jesus calming the storm. Now, I will be talking about Him walking on the water. I’m sure most of us have read or have an idea of the story line, but what is the significance of it?
Let’s start with reading the passage:
‘Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”’
So again, in this story, Jesus is the one that invites the disciples to go on the boat. Sometimes, He will let us go to a place so we can experience Him in our waiting. For Him to work our faith. Jesus went to pray and sent a large group of people away after He fed them. He might need to remove some people, maybe just for a season, so He can work on both you and them. Whether or not we have Jesus with us, we will face storms. That’s life. The disciples were afraid when they saw Jesus walking on water during the storm. They didn’t know it was Jesus, at first. Especially with the crashing waves, they feared. What may seem like a delay, God is actually working on His time. And His time is always on time. When they cried out to Him, Jesus answered.
Peter walked toward Him after finding out it was Jesus. The thing is, Peter walked toward Jesus. He stepped out of his comfort zone, which was the boat, and stepped out in faith, which was the waters. However, he began to sink. He lost focus. He focused on the wind more than He focused on Jesus. That’s what happens when we pay more attention to our situations than to the Lord Himself. Peter cried out and immediately, Jesus lifted Him up. The Lord will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:8). Jesus saw Peter’s effort. Draw close to God and He will draw close to you (James 4:8). Doubting God makes us lose focus on what’s important, on His power, His goodness, etc. It makes us think that nothing can be done. God doesn’t live in a box in our minds! There is nothing He can’t do.
A lot of times, it takes Jesus stepping into our boat to calm our storm. But let’s also take note that He calmed Peter before the wind ceased. So, most times, Jesus will bring peace to us before bringing peace to the chaos in our lives. Allow Jesus to take over your every situation, whether it is good or bad. If it does seem good and God actually knows it’s bad, He will turn it around for your protection. From future hurt. For example, relationships, opportunities, etc. Have faith in the Lord and know that whether or not you are in a storm, you can trust in Him to lead and guide you on the waters.
with peace and love,
I pray the Lord will bring peace into your heart, soul, and whatever chaos is in your life. Trust in Him. God bless!