We are all well acquainted with the biblical story of the apostle Peter walking on water, or at least attempting to do so. A deeper look into the story, however, helps us recognise that the apostle Peter was questioning the Authenticity of Jesus.
He definitely knew the Authority of Jesus, yet he wanted to test out to see whether or not the Person actually walking on water was really Jesus, or a ghost?
When he was finally assured that the person walking on water really was Jesus, and shortly after Jesus gave Peter the command to walk on water towards Him, hence making it possible for the Peter to actually walk on it “towards” Jesus—please note that this is the key point here—the apostle Peter failed to believe in the Promise and fell in the error of “doubting” the very words of God.
As it is a human instinct to reason things with our minds all the time, so did the apostle Peter have second thoughts about God’s words … Does this sound crazy? Yet how …? Don’t we all as well behave in the same way?
The truth of the matter is that if the Lord Himself gives you the command to walk on water, what could possibly go wrong? How can you possibly “doubt” it in your heart and mind?
The answer to that question is fairly simple. You see, we always inject our own logic and thinking into the equation, trying to validate the issue with our own reasoning of the proposed idea and the reality of the matter; failing all the time to realise that the Maker and Commander of the whole universe is before us, giving us the Command to actually “Walk on Water!” We always tend to completely forget this fact, and apply our understanding as to how we perceive the issue, the way we know how to actually work with it, always failing to grasp the Identity of the One Who actually gave The Command.
Very idiotic of us, don’t you think? Nonetheless, we still do it.
When I begin to believe in the promise, I start to walk a few steps; however, once I begin to face troubles, tribulations or hardships, I immediately fall. That’s when I really begin to “sink.” Exactly like the apostle Peter who, when he saw the waves and wind coming his way, started doubting he could actually continue to walk on water, and had all the flashbacks about the impossibility of this really taking place. That’s exactly when he began to “sink.”
When we ourselves face problems, we do not physically sink, as the original example of the apostle Peter, but when we indulge in placing too much weight on these problems we start to actually drown, forgetting all along that The Creator of the universe has given us the command to walk on water.
We constantly try to reason things with our minds, mistakenly thinking that walking on water can’t possibly be “real”; it’s against the very laws of nature for water to sustain a human being standing on top of it without drowning.
And that’s exactly what it is, yes it is against the laws of nature for things to go this way. But when the Creator gives the command, He is able to make the very laws of nature subside under your feet. For He Is The Lord God Almighty, that Creation surrenders to His commands.
When Peter realised he was actually beginning to sink, yet before him is the Lord God Almighty, he immediately cried out “Lord help me!” Instantly, the Lord stretched out His hand and saved him.
For this is the nature of God, whenever we are in deep trouble or stress, and we call on Him, He immediately responds and rescues us, no matter how terrible or deadly that problem may be.
The biblical story goes on to say that when Peter regained his belief in God, he walked again on water with Jesus, and safely climbed back into the ship.
In Conclusion, I would like to emphasise the following:
We may fall out of faith but, whenever we renew, reaffirm, and fortify our faith in God, we are able to walk again on water, with Christ.
Be assured that God Will Always Be there, Waiting for you to call out to Him for help, for you to reach out your hand and cry Abba Father. He will instantaneously intervene.
Faith is against logic; it is the supernatural, the “Miracle”. It is something out of this world, and can only be achieved through The Almighty God.
Bless you in The Name of The Lord,
Emmanuel Ghali (Mano)
Accredited Christian Counselor, AACC