(Originally written in 1/25/2012 12:59:33 PM)
Recall in the Bible the account of Peter when he walked on the stormy waters towards Christ (Matthew 14:24-31). How did he do that? He had every reason to stay in the boat: the stormy sea, the fact that people just don’t walk on water, it’s much safer on the boat with his companions there to help him, and he was sure of his footing. But here he was, looking at someone walking on the water, out in the storm, alone, with no boat, and no sign that he was even being tossed about by the storm….even Jesus Christ. Peter’s first request: Lord, if that’s you, call me to walk onto the water with you. And Jesus called him…to come to Him.
Peter’s first test was to take that very first step….off the boat…onto this raging water storm.
The second test was to let go of the boat.
The third test was to keep his eyes on the Lord…..and start walking…on water…on the water that was raging all about him.
And walk on water he did….despite what common sense said: You don’t walk on water. Despite the fact that there was a storm raging. Despite his leaving his companions on the boat….behind him. He was alone….and yet, he wasn’t. He was walking towards the Lord.
The only time Peter started to sink—when he finally couldn’t do the impossible—was when he stopped looking at the Lord and looked at the storm around him instead.
And that’s the lesson: Keep your eye on the Lord. Trust Him when he commands you to come to Him…how ever that is done. And start walking. And keep walking. Know full well that the storm is there….face it…and heed it not….and focus on Him. And you will do that which is impossible to do.
There’s a storm around us. The powers are built and are still building against us…natural and unnatural powers…spiritual and physical powers. The “waters” we walk on—Big Brother, his “toys” (surveillance, torture, propaganda, weapons) and his “boys” (police state, thugs, militaries, politicians and their cronies), the evils that surround us in every front–are ominous, dangerous, and common sense tells us that there’s nothing we can do against these things. They say, if we try to fight them, we will sink…we will die.
The Lord says otherwise. He says, “Come”. And He wants us….expects us…to trust Him…and start walking (to show that trust)…start walking towards Him….to nowhere else, no one else but Him…and we can do that which is impossible to do…and be protected from the effects of the storm. I must make this point: We will not be spared from having to face the actual storm, but we will be spared from the effects of the storm if we keep ourselves in line with His will and do as He asks us to do (just as Peter had to keep his eyes on the Lord and come and walk). We must be in the storm…we must be surrounded by it…(just as Peter was surrounded by those stormy waters)…in order for Him to show us, and the world, His power….and that He is God and that He has power over everything, even over the Adversary.
We must trust Him. We must not fear the storm. We must do as we’re inspired, called, and instructed by God to do. Stand where we’re supposed to stand. Do what we’re supposed to do. And keep our eyes on Him. Yes, despite the storm. And He will show his power through us….even walk unscathed by the storm that surrounds us. That’s the miracle of faith and obedience to God.
– Omar Aguilar
24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?