“And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:28-32)
The Storms of Life
In life, we come across many difficult situations. Moments arise in which we feel hopeless, stressed, or outside of God’s love as we walk our journey with Yeshua. When facing these difficult moments, often it feels like there’s no hope. Sometimes, the only way through these hardships is through a single act of blind obedience to God’s Word. As we will uncover today, a single step of faith can change any situation and bring hope into the darkest moments of life.
When Yeshua called Peter out of the boat, he was inviting him into a complete shift of perspective. Little did Peter know, everything he believed about God would change through one small step. In one moment of faith, what was once impossible for Peter would become possible. Through one small step, Peter’s whole life would change.
Where Is God?
When difficult seasons come into our lives, one of the most common questions we ask God is “where are you?” In Matthew 14, we have our answer. He is on the waters of faith. In our moments of crisis, when we will like God has left us, the opposite is true. He is with us but on the waters of faith. Like Peter, we must step out in faith in order to access the supernatural strength God has for us.
Many may ask, “if Jesus was with Peter, why did he fall?” Again, we find our answer in Matthew 14. It was only when Peter took his eyes off of Jesus did he sink into the abyss (momentarily). This is the same choice we are offered inside of our deepest pains and struggles. Do we take a step of faith? Do we trust God? Are our eyes on Jesus or on the problems?
Notice, Peter’s lack of faith only came when he took his eyes off of Jesus. The same reality is true for us today. We will only fall when we take our eyes off of Jesus and onto our problems. The issues of life can sometimes be as daunting as a stormy wind. The choice to walk on faith may be scary, but it’s not impossible. When God calls us onto the waters of impossibility, are we willing to take a step? Take it from Peter, one small step could change your life.
The Waters of Faith
Another important element of the story is this. It was not Yeshua’s desire for Peter to fall. For this reason, he asked Peter, “why did you doubt?” In the same way, when our problems come our way, it is not in the Father’s heart for us to fall. Jesus makes it clear in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Therefore, it is not in God’s heart for us to ever suffer a loss, a premature death or even battle depression. He’s already won the victory for us in Christ Jesus! Although He is not the author of the storm, He will use the storm as an invitation to walk on the waters of faith in order for us to overcome the enemy.
In life, our greatest breakthroughs are hidden inside of our darkest problems. The places that seem impossible to us are the exact waters Jesus will use as an invitation to walk with him. Through a storm of life, Jesus will teach us how to step out in faith. Like Peter, we must take a giant leap of trust through one small step. No matter how difficult a crisis may be, there is always hope because Yeshua is on the waters with us. Today, get out of your comfort zone and take a leap of faith, Jesus Christ is with you.