Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.
Matthew 14:25-32 NIV
We go through moments in our lives where walking with Jesus seems like smooth sailling but then there are storms…
Like the one experienced by the disciples when Jesus was alone at the mountainside praying before joining them shortly. (Matthew 14: 23-24)
My question is then what do we do when the waves and heavy winds begin to move our boat in all sorts of directions disturbing our peace. Do we panic? Do we pray? Do we cry? What is our initial response to the winds and waves of life?
To be honest, panic would’ve been my first reaction. It is what I do or used to do -I know it’s wrong- and then I give in to the winds and waves. This is all before we notice Jesus on the water.
Let’s continue …
We’re on the boat which is taking us on a full-on rollercoaster and Jesus shows up walking on water without a worry of the storm we’re busy facing. We, being human, automatically doubt the fact that we are seeing Jesus walking on the water whilst we’re in the midst of a storm, like is this man blind or what?
We seem to forget that this man has healed the impossible, woken up the dead, that if He could do all those miracles then He can walk on the water during our storm.
Now this is where I begin to relate to Peter because I would also ask God to make me walk on water if He really is the one bracing this storm while walking on water. You see, here’s our mistake, we easily doubt the power of God because we are used to being lied to and we’re new to this new life that we easily don’t believe God.
So when we doubt God, we challenge Him. For example, “If it is you Lord, tell me to walk on the water” and when He tells us to come, we walk and all of a sudden we are unable to stay on the water rather we become consumed by it.
Here is where our problem is; we tend to think that when we ask God to do something, tells us something, give us a sign or something, we assume that the storm will suddenly stop because we’re on the water. How are we meant to grow in our faith and trust in God without the storm?
The winds and waves are not there to just distract us, instead, there to test our faith.
Who is your Focus on?
The winds, waves and storms reveal to us who/what exactly we’re focused on… Jesus or the walk on water/storm. It is not about us walking on the water or the storm we’re facing, it is about who enables us to walk on the water and that is exactly why the winds and waves are there, to remind us that the water can easily consume you and cause you to lose focus then only when we begin to drown, we remember Jesus and need Him to save us.
Where is your focus?
Jesus or the “water”?
The job you asked him for that has that horrible boss, troublesome employees or team…
The child you asked him for which is in and out of hospital Or misbehaving…
The business you asked Him to open doors for you to start but has you deep in audits, difficult employees or even a slow start…
The book deal you asked Him for which seems to selling at a much slower rate than anticipated…
Where does our focus lie?
Because if our sole focus was on Jesus, not even the lightning could prevent us from walking on the water during the storm.
Securing the crown begins with exactly that…
Focusing on Jesus.
If we just keep our eyes on Him whom our help comes from, He who gave His life so that you and I can have the freedom to secure the crown. If our eyes aren’t on Jesus, our crown drowns with us. Baby, don’t let the storm distract you. Look at Him. He’s got your back. Don’t fret. Please don’t. Please don’t. Do it for the crown, for your kids crowns, their children’s crowns and the generations to come.
We are cutting up the chain of men and women who let the storm deter them, we’re breaking that stronghold now! The devil tried us but we’re done!
Oh yes, we are.
Our eyes are on Jesus and only Jesus