I love the story of Jesus walking on water. The story, found in Matthew chapter 14, tells of Jesus’ disciples on a boat in the middle of a large body of water. During the night, Jesus walks towards them on the lake. Now to my favorite part. Because the disciples are scared of the sight of Jesus and mistake Him for a ghost, Peter asks Jesus to command him to come out on the water if He is really Jesus. What we sometimes forget about this story is that two individuals walked on the water that night… Jesus and Peter. For those who know the rest of the story, we learn that Peter begins to sink because of his lack of faith. But think about it. His faith was strong enough to prompt him to get out of the boat. It was strong enough to keep him on the surface of the water for a short time. And all this at night, on a windy, wave-covered lake. Finally fear and doubt took over.
At times, our fears may be valid. We have many things to be concerned about in this life. But most times, our fears keep us from discovering more of this world or even more about ourselves. We hate to be tested, and we love our comfort zone, yet we “cannot discover new oceans unless we have courage to lose sight of the shore.”
So what made Peter successfully walk on water? He kept his eyes on Jesus. He only began to sink when he paid attention to the waves and the winds. Do you constantly keep your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, or do you focus on the difficulties and challenges that surround you? Put your faith in Jesus. He’ll make sure you never sink.