25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.
27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”
28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”
The final recorded thoughts of this event were the exclamation of those in the boat, “Truly You are the Son of God.” I have to admit that I have often envied Peter, he walked on water. I have run off of many piers and diving boards, legs running, in hopes of staying just a moment on the top of the water. I always sank. But Peter stepped out of the boat that night and stayed on the top of the water. What a moment to remember! He knew what happened when you went from land to water, you sank. But here came Jesus on the top of the water and Peter asked if he could come out with him. Jesus bid Peter to come out and join him and Peter, at the call of Jesus, stepped out on the water.
What an amazing moment of Peter’s life! How the others must have wished that they had asked too. But Peter alone took the moment to step out and be with Christ. The boat was the place of safety. The water was the place of danger and death. I think we can draw some close parallels here. In life we spend most of our days and nights in the boat, in the place of safety with others who think as we do. Outside of our normal life we hear of people or read of those who did amazing things for God and stand in awe of what God did for them and through them.
Maybe the local church is the boat and everyone in it are those with us in the place we know and like. Every so often someone hears the call of the Lord Jesus and steps out of the normal church activities to do something that requires more faith. Those in the church, in the boat, encourage the one stepping out, pray for them, and might even give them money to help them, but like the others in the boat that night, they are not thinking of stepping out themselves.
If you had enough faith to do it, what would you do? Whom have you admired because they stepped out of the boat into the unknown to follow Christ’s call? As you admire their faith what is Christ calling you to do? How much faith do you have to do what he has called you to do? Many Christians are afraid to take the step of faith to talk to someone else about eternal life in Christ. They see those who do share their faith as people with greater faith than themselves. According to Matthew 28:19-20 we are all called to make disciples of all nations. We had better get out of the boat and into the sea with Jesus. We are all called to give of our money to the work of the Lord. We had better get out of the boat and into the sea with Jesus. We are all called to live under the authority of the Word of God; you get the picture.
Peter was fine as long as he kept his eyes on Christ. Again, the same is true today. When we step out of our comfort zone to follow Christ we must keep our eyes on him and as long as we do we will walk on the “water” with him. Do you believe this concluding statement: “Truly You are the Son of God.”? If you do, then step out of the boat at the call of the Savior and enjoy the greatest day of your Christian life.
Please pray today for a friend who needs to decide to follow the Word and the hope of God. The cares of this life have left this friend feeling hopeless and believing this lie has led this friend into sin and greater darkness. Pray for the light to fully penetrated this darkness.
On August 14, 1981, Bobbi and were married at the Oak Forest Baptist Temple. My dad performed the wedding and Bobbi’s dad brought tears to every eye as he gave a speech to “give his daughter away.” It was a wonderful day amongst our family and friends. Well, that was 37 years ago. “Happy Anniversary Bobbi, my love. Thanks for putting up with me and loving me still. I thank God for you and for our marriage, our children and grandchildren and the many ways we have served God’s kingdom together.”
On a sad note, remember the family of my pastor friend Phil White who went to be with the Lord this time last year. His wife, Diedre and their children Mia and Maleek are dealing with the anniversary of Phil’s homegoing. The same God who keeps us together, in his timing takes us apart. I am thankful for the memory of a friend who so loved the Lord and his family.
Have a great day in the Lord,