On the Water
Matthew 14:29 – And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
James 4:8 declares that if we will “draw nigh to God, He will draw nigh to you.” That is a very clear statement of Biblical truth. Do you want to get closer to God? Draw nigh, or in other words, take a walk. But on this walk, you have to make sure you’re going in the right direction, and that is toward Jesus. Are you now, or have you ever been in a place you where there is, or was, a palpable sense of your need to draw as close to the Lord as possible? I once heard a story (modern parable) of a little girl who had been very ill for a long time, during which her mother sat beside her bed, sleeping in a chair every night. Finally, the little girl began to recover. Her mom needed a good night’s rest in her own bed, and she told her daughter. The little girl said she didn’t want to be alone. Her mother told her Jesus would be in the room with her, and if she needed more, all she had to do was call out. The little girl responded by saying, “But mommy, I need a Jesus with skin on him.” She was experiencing that moment of palpable need. She needed someone to walk with her in bad weather.
Our Text for Today comes from a moment when the disciples were collectively in such a moment. Jesus had sent them to go over Gennesaret. On the way, a great storm arose, preventing them from making any headway. Apparently this was no small storm. While in prayer, Jesus saw in the Spirit what was happening, and chose to go to His disciples by walking on the water. This was a miracle, and a great faith action by Jesus. He believed there was cause to go to them. His coming into view in the midst of such a powerful storm was certainly a disturbing sight. They thought they were seeing a ghost. But when He spoke to them, they believed they recognized His voice. But there was still some uncertainty, at least in Peter, so, he asked, “Lord, if it be You, bid me come to you.” With one word, Jesus called him out. And on the power of that one word, Peter took a walk on the water. Yes, we know he had a problem, but he had Jesus, too. What are you facing today? What storm is hindering you? Never forget that Jesus is always in the lead position. Moving toward Jesus is NEVER wrong. And there may be times that He calls you to come to Him, even in the most inclement weather. Take a walk, even if it’s on the water.
Manna for Today – Psalm 1:1-6; 1 John 1:7-9; Matthew 14:22-33; Mark 6:45-52; John 6:16-21