Walk on Water


God wants you to accomplish great things. Are you trusting Him to help you?

Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, ‘Master, save me!’ Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, ‘Faint-heart, what got into you?’ (Matthew 14:29-31, MSG).

It is late March, yet winter still clings to the landscape. Tired of being cooped up, I take the dog for a walk in the deceitful sunshine: despite the clear, bright weather, the temperature is in the thirties, with a brisk wind. As I walk against the wind, I think what a fitting metaphor that is for challenges, for those times in life when twice as much effort seems to yield half as much progress. When Peter tries surfing without a board, he’s walking against the wind. Matthew 14:24 says, “The wind came up against them and they were battered by the waves” (NIV).

Walking or rowing against the wind is hard enough. Doing it on water, battered by the waves, seems impossible. Sometimes Jesus asks us to do the impossible, with His help. In If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat, John Ortberg writes, “Is there any challenge in your life right now that is large enough that you have no hope of doing it apart from God’s help? If not, consider the possibility that you are seriously underchallenged. If you want to walk on the water, you have to be willing to get your feet wet first. Then you

discover it is worth the risk.”

Jesus calls us to walk on water. We want to accomplish great things. But when we face challenges, do we cower in the boat, or do we jump out expecting to do the impossible, with God’s help?

FAITH STEP: Spend some time journaling about the question, “Is there any challenge in your life right now that is large enough that you have no hope of doing it apart from God’s help?”

Written by Keri Wyatt Kent
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