Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and *said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
All of us have stuff in our lives. We deal with drama at work, with our health, family and marriage issues; if we are honest, it never really stops. That’s why we all have to become water walkers. Peter’s storm that day is obviously a picture of our personal storms, as a matter of fact this event pictured storms to come in Peter’s life. On that first day of the church, the day the fire fell, Peter found himself pushed in front of thousands of staring faces. Many of these same people had been responsible for his Master’s death just days before. Peter was facing a mighty storm and had to cling to Christ, step out of the boat, and walk on water. This water walking was actually preaching for the first time under the anointing. Was he scared? Absolutely! Did the Lord show up? Undeniably! Here is how Adam Clarke describes Peter’s storm.
“When he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid. It was by faith in the power of Christ he was upheld; when that faith failed, by which the laws of gravitation were suspended, no wonder that those laws returned to their wonted action, and that he began to sink. It was not the violence of the winds, nor the raging of the waves, which endangered his life, but his littleness of faith. Jesus stretched forth his hand. Every moment we stand in need of Christ: while we stand—we are upheld by his power only; and when we are falling, or have fallen, we can be saved only by his mercy. Let us always take care that we do not consider so much the danger to which we are exposed, as the power of Christ by which we are to be upheld; and then our mountain is likely to stand strong.”
Maybe you are staring into the face of some storm today. Don’t turn away in fear, don’t man up and face it yourself. Grab a hold of the hand of Jesus. You will be a water walker too.