Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 21, 24, 26, & 28 – And God said . . .
Take a few moments to read Matthew 14:22-33. In this accounting, Jesus had just fed a great multitude with five loaves of bread and two fish. At that point, He sent His disciples away to go to the other side of the Sea of Galilee while He went to a secluded place to pray. As He was alone and praying, coming to about 3 AM, in the Spirit He saw His disciples struggling against a storm with high winds and powerful waves in the midst of the sea. It was at that time that Jesus went to them walking on the water.
I encourage you to also read this account in Mark 6 and John 6. When the entire picture is made clear, this was an astounding series of events. One of the powerful moments came when we read that if the disciples had not cried out when they saw Jesus, thinking Him to be a spirit, He would have passed by them. Is it possible that this could happen today? My friend, when you’re in trouble, call out, for though you may not see Him, or even recognize Him when you do, He is there for you.
But when Jesus told them to not fear, Peter asked Jesus to call him to come walking on the water. And Jesus did just that. Now imagine this. Peter knew Jesus was Messiah. He knew Jesus walked in the full and present power of God. He knew Jesus could perform supernatural works. He had seen enough of that to fully convince him. When Jesus called him forth from the ship, Peter’s anticipation was already high. He was watching as someone who identified Himself as Jesus was walking on the water in the midst of a raging storm. While Jesus was still too far away to recognize by sight, still Peter carried a great anticipation.
Jesus answered Peter’s request with only one word, “Come.” With that, Peter knew that Jesus was talking to Him. His was not a question in his mind of “You talking to me?”, but rather a statement of command that carried God-power. In Peter’s mind, it was “You talking to me!” Had he made an audible utterance, it would have been one of excitement and great anticipation. That is why he walked on the water to go to Jesus. Yes, his gaze strayed, and he began to sink. But when he cried out, Jesus acted again and did not pass him by. He saved him, and then walked back to the ship, Peter walking by His side. Let me encourage you today. Regardless of the storm you face, or the battle that engages you, know that Jesus is near. Whether you recognize Him or not, He is near. Call on Him. He will identify Himself. And when He calls on you to move, to serve, to get out of the ship, to “Come,” let there be no question of “You talking to me?”, but rather a joyous shout, “You talking to me!”
Manna for Today – Genesis 1; Psalm 119:89; Proverbs 4:20-23; Mark 11:22-26; Romans 3:4