This week’s blog post follows up on last week’s passage about Jesus and Peter walking on water. You may want to read last week’s post at
We’ve talked in last week’s post about how we need to take risks if we want to see God’s miraculous power in our lives. We need to step out of the comfort of our boat and walk on stormy waters.
Peter took a risk and got out of the boat, stepping into the turbulent sea. Something amazing happened – he walked on water like Jesus did. He experienced God’s miraculous might.
But then he started looking at the violent waves around him. He took his eyes off Jesus and started focusing on the things around him. That’s when he started to sink.
He cried out to Jesus and the Lord grabbed hold of Him. Then our Master walked Peter safely back to the boat.
This passage teaches an important lesson about what we have to do if we want to live a miraculous life.
We have to keep our eyes on Jesus and not our circumstances.
Some writers have called this a “concentrating faith” – the only way to rise above the crisis-times of life is by keeping our focus on the One who is above it all.
The passage teaches us not to focus on our difficult circumstances. If you look at what is worrying you, the stormy waters, then you will sink. But if you keep your eyes on Jesus, trust in Him, then you will experience the miracle. You will walk on water.
What are the stormy waters in your life?
For me, it’s pursuing my dream job of being a full-time Christian writer. My dream is to touch millions of people around the world with my Christian works. If I look at the circumstance, at how difficult it is to get published and to reach such a large audience, it’s easy for me to get discouraged and want to give up. But I always remind myself to focus on God’s power and not my weakness and the challenging circumstances, and this gives me the encouragement and strength I need to follow God’s call.
The Bible is full of stories of believers who refused to be intimidated by their circumstances, focused on God’s strength and experienced the miraculous in their lives.
David defeated the giant Goliath, an opponent much larger and stronger than him, with a single stone. Abraham didn’t focus on his old age, and believed that he could have a child and God blessed him with Isaac. Daniel refused to compromise his principles and when he was thrown into the den of lions, he wasn’t scared by the violent beasts and his faith lead God to shut the mouths of the lions.
Do you have a dream that God has put in your heart? Do you feel that the dream is impossible to achieve, that you need a miracle in order for your dream to come to pass?
Like Peter, don’t look at the stormy circumstance, but fix your eyes on Jesus, on the Lord who can achieve the impossible.
Be courageous, and take the steps you need in order to pursue your dream. And as you are working towards making your dream happen, and when obstacles come up, keep focusing on the power of God to help you overcome your challenges.
Turn your eyes away from your storm and reach out to Jesus, and you’ll find yourself walking on water!