25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.
27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”
28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”
Here we see Christ walking on water to the disciples in the middle of the sea. And Peter, wanting to be with Christ asked to come out with Him. And Peter soon becomes afraid because of the wind and begins to sink.
I recently had a conversation. There was a quip about rocking the boat. My reply was, you have to swim sometime. The response was “I might drown”. Then it dawned on me, in my walk with Christ, that the Lord pointed me to the above Scriptures. What the Lord wanted me to see is that it’s not so much swimming as it is walking on water that He calls us to. And by faith we can. Notice what the Lord’s response to Peter was .
“O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
The Lord has decreed that we have authority with just a little bit of faith. Even no bigger than a mustard seed. We can walk in His footsteps. For even Scripture says:
15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:15-18)
If we have faith in Christ, and we follow Him as He has called us and appointed us to His ministry and gifts we will not just swim but He will pick us up out of the water so that we can walk on it. These things are done by faith.
14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. (I John 5:14-15)
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. (I John 4:18)
Now let me write a bit more about what faith is. We know what Scripture says about faith.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. (Heb. 11:1-3)
And I know that this Scripture is pointing to our Hope and Salvation in Christ. I also see that it points to our walk in Christ that if He has promised to give us any power in this world it is for His Glory and to draw men and women to Salvation in Him alone. That we cannot walk in any such power unless we have proven ourselves as trustworthy to Him in our zeal to perform His will on the basis of Mark 16:15-16. But also in our obedience to not walk according to the ways of this world but according to the ways of Christ.
How do we get to such a point of faith? It seems a great mystery to many, but the truth is that it begins with a hunger to know Christ and not reject Scripture. For if we reject Truth we cannot have faith. If we have faith we have the Truth and we have Christ Jesus our Lord, our King. So then we must study Scripture laying aside our own preconceptions seeking understanding from Christ.
26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. 27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will[a] abide in Him. (IJohn 2:26-27)
This of course does not mean we cannot receive a teaching from a man, but we need to measure all things in light of Scripture. This also means we must leave behind the cult of personalities who covet attention from men. Who also pervert the Gospel for their own gain.
Now I haven’t completely addressed why Peter’s faith was challenged so that he began to sink.
30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
So then the boisterous wind can represent winds of doctrine, worldy challenges in our life and lack of focus on Christ and our walk with Him. It can also represent spiritual attacks from the devil. All the more reason to walk in Christ. Because those challenges are real. The devil will always be there to challenge our faith. Men and women will always be there to counter our walk because they are of the world and we are not.
So then let us press into our faith in Christ to do the Lord’s will. Let us walk on the water prepared for us. For that water before us will be nothing but a sea of glass for us to walk upon. No wind of doctrine from men or satan can throw us from the water’s surface if we are securely in our faith.
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. (Heb. 12:1-3)