One of my favorite stories from the New Testament is when Jesus walks on water. It’s one of the few stories I remember hearing as a child for one, I was raised in a secular home with minimal exposure to God and Jesus. I knew more about Santa, and the Easter Bunny than the truth about the holidays they had usurped. But that’s another post, I also love how this story so perfectly demonstrates Philippians 4:13.
I can relate to Peter’s fear, his hesitation as he realizes he is actually walking on water. It must have seemed totally impossible for that split second when his faith faltered – the winds whipping wildly about him, the waves crashing into him, and Jesus waiting patiently in the storm before him. So as his mind takes over and he thinks this can’t be real, no way am I really doing this, he begins to sink. So it is with us when we try to rely upon ourselves instead of our Lord. We begin to sink. Luckily we can do just as Peter did and cry out “Lord, save me!” knowing that our loving Savior will do just that. Of course he lovingly reminded Peter and thus us that we ought to try not to let our faith falter. “Oh, you of little faith…” How those words sting when I read them, as I am sure they did Peter, but the sting is quick because it is followed by the catching of my hand by my precious Savior as he rescues me as he did Peter that stormy night so long ago. He rescues and comforts his own, loving us even when we are weak, when we falter, stumble, even if we fall. He is always there just a call away waiting to reach out and draw us safely to His side once more.
And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. Matthew 14:22
And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. Matthew 14:23
But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. Matthew 14:24
And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. Matthew 14:25
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 14:26
But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. Matthew 14:27
And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. Matthew 14:28
And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. Matthew 14:29
But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. Matthew 14:30
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? Matthew 14:31
And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Matthew 14:32
Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. Matthew 14:33