When people think about Peter they think about many different things. The concept of “hot and cold” certainly come to mind as we see the dynamic wins and soaring failures in Peter’s life. However, many people likely think of Peter as the disciple that sank in the sea because of his lack of faith.
Peter Walking on Water
You might recall the story in Matthew 14:22-33 that accounts the story of Peter walking on water. In verse 28 we see Peter, being Peter, saying, “LORD – If it’s You, tell me to come to you on the water.” The Lord replies with the simple commandment, “come” and Peter jumps overboard! However, on his journey to meet up with Jesus the winds kick in, he becomes scared, takes his eyes off God and starts to sink. He then cries out, “LORD, save me!” and Jesus takes him by the hand and says, “You of little faith, why did you doubt”.
There are three points I want to make about this story.
1 – Out of all the people in the boat, Peter was the only one who jumped out of the boat. While Jesus chastises Peter for his lack of faith, he responded in faith far more than anyone else on the boat.
2 – Peter experiences great victory after his initial entry into the water. His eyes are on Jesus; he has FOCUS. He is living his faith. I’m sure the moment was surreal – walking on water. He was right where he needed to be, doing what he needed to be doing.
3 – When Peter starts to sink, it’s not just because he takes his eyes off Jesus, it’s not simply because he’s looking around. The text in verse 30 tells us when he saw the wind he became afraid. It was his fear that lessened his faith. When we are faithful in what God has called us to, we can be certain storms will persist to try to lessen our faith and make us fail. James 1:2-4 reminds us to consider our trials and tribulations joyful because they improve and build our character. So we KNOW that trouble times are coming, the question is – will we be ready?
God loves when we step out in faith
You’ll notice, Jesus didn’t call out to all the others and say, “oh by the way – you guys come on out too!” Indeed, He granted the request of the one who sought Him. When we seek God, extraordinary things often happen. While Peter ultimately sank with lack of faith he still did something no one else had done (even if only briefly). He walked on water! Are you looking for an opportunity to pursue God with all your heart or are you simply being a bystander and missing the blessings?