Bible Text: Matthew 14:22-32
When you hear Walking on Waters what comes to mind first? For me, it is the part of the bible that talks about Jesus Christ walking on water and Peter taking the lead. Or who else has walked on water?
Now, that’s the physical aspect of walking on water. We will make use of this phrase figuratively and apply it to our lives presently. Of course, I’m not asking you to go walk on water right now. If it were possible, we’d probably have gone to experiment it, but well…
Do you know the only reason you won’t try walking on a pool of water is because you fear that you will sink? It’s even worse if you don’t know how to swim. I know I can’t walk on (physical) water, and I won’t dare try. If you see me trying to walk on water, then it’s clear that I have overcome a part of my fear, for me to take that bold step of trying at all. You’d just watch in amazement as I lift my legs to give it a try.
From here, you can deduce clearly that not everyone would walk on water. Walking on water is a seemingly impossible task, and as I mentioned earlier, it will take a level of boldness for me to even lift my legs at all to give it a try. There would be others at the seashore waiting to see what would eventually happen to me; will she sink? Will she really walk? What if she flops after her first step? They would be waiting to see the end, and know if to praise that boldness or mock it.
And in the fourth watch of the night, Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, it is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. [Matthew 14:25-26]
When Jesus walked on the sea, how many people saw Him? His disciples. And the Bible recorded that THEY cried out for fear; not some, but all. Who wouldn’t?
But among them who feared, Peter took a bold step to give it a try. He answered in verse 28 “Lord, if it be thou, bid me to come unto thee on the water”. He was ready to face it, even though he was among those who feared.
Have you ever thought of what could have been going on in the mind of others at the shore? “mumu Peter…e no get sense”. See? You’d probably have said more if you were there.
Back to reality!
Have you ever been faced with a great task that seems impossible to achieve?
Have you ever tried to walk on water? (figuratively now)
Have you worried so much about what others (at the seashore) would think?
Have you tried taking a bold step at all, even if it meant giving up halfway like Peter?
I’m not here to tell you how walking on water is easy and some other bread and butter sides to this. Nope. Walking on water is not for the tender hearted; it is for those ready to be stubborn, ready to ignore the mocking faces at the shore and willing to take that bold step.
Walking on Water is leaving yourself to a ratio of 50:50, because it’s either you WALK or you SINK. So, even though you are ignoring the mocking faces, you just have to bear in mind that you might end up being a laughing stock, or well, a hero!
You want to walk on water? Brace up! Kick your arms and legs out and get to it! It’s fine if you don’t want to go through all that stress. You can sit at the seashore, doing nothing but watch the fearless take over. Walking on water is for exceptional beings, those who want to stand in front and let others watch them.
Do you have a purpose you’re yet to carry out, because it seems impossible already by your own power? Or perhaps you’ve started already but it seems rough and you can’t continue?
And He said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately, Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? [Matthew 29-31]
Peter passed the first stage, which is quite easy. Anyone could make that decision to run with a plan or a purpose, but will everyone eventually scale through it? You know the answer already.
First stage: Make the decision
Second stage: Walk on the water
Third stage: Keep walking without fears.
- First stage: Make the decision:
Peter made the decision to walk on water. Have you made that decision? Forget the water for a while, forget how deep or wide the oceans are and just ask yourself if you really want to do this. Make the decision. This is where your purpose comes in. Weigh your purpose and decide if you want to move on to stage 2.
- Second stage: Walk on the water:
We already clarified earlier that walking on water isn’t for the faint in heart. Take that bold step and just give it a try.
Now, this is the tricky stage. Why exactly do you want to walk on water? To boast to those at the seashore that you did it or to pursue the main purpose you thought of while making the decision in stage one? If the former is the case, you might end up losing the cause for which you’re fighting, but if it’s the latter, then there’s a high tendency of you achieving your aim, with the addition of ‘boasting’ to others.
Peter had an aim as he attempted to walk on water. Let’s return to verse 28 of our bible text, Matthew:
“Lord, if it be thou, bid me to come unto thee on the water”. NIV says “tell me to come to you on the water”.
What was his aim? TO COME TO HIM.
His aim was to go meet Jesus, and that’s why verse 29b says “…he walked on the water, to go to Jesus…”.While he still had his eyes on Jesus (his aim), he walked on water.
- Third Stage: Keep walking without fears:
Verse 30…”… but when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me”.
When he set his gaze on Jesus (his aim), did he sink? No. When he focused on the stormy wind, did he sink? Yes.
Asides those you’d leave at the seashore waiting to see your outcome, there will be stormy winds in the journey. Those at the shore won’t go with you, but it doesn’t mean it will be a smooth ride either, because the wind is waiting. What happens when the wind comes to distract you? Learn from Peter’s mistake and don’t be shaken. Still fix your gaze on your purpose, and pull through the first wind, which is already a great motivation to pull through the next. The presence of the wind is only to remind you to give up, but because you know what you’re aiming for and you know it isn’t for the faint in heart, you won’t give in to the noise and pressures of the wind.
Let the wind make noise, I will still not shift my gaze from my aim.
Jesus accused Peter of having little faith. If we trace back to Hebrews 11:1, we’ll be reminded of how we should be confident and assured of what we’ve not seen. Why? Because God’s got us (unfortunately, we sometimes forget this and try to do things our own way). So, yes, the wind may shake you around to the point of giving up and just sinking anyway, but because you are rest assured that nothing can stop you from achieving your aim since you have Jesus on your side, you will be strengthened to stand firm even in the storm.
Keyword: HAVE FAITH
Let the wind make noise, my faith remains firm.
Walking on water is about taking risks, but it’ll only be peanuts if you’re passionate about carrying out that purpose. If you’re not, you will easily give in to the wind.
Above all, let God lead you, and fix your gaze on Him while you walk on water.
Are you now ready to walk on water? I am! And for the waters I’m already on, I refuse to be shaken, I refuse to give up. That’s the spirit!
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This post was contributed by: Judith Ekeocha