Yes, I’m here again…back to Matthew 14:22-35….I just can’t shake that word!
Three times the word “immediately” was mentioned referring to Jesus’ actions…how He immediately gave the disciples a directive…how He immediately reassured them when He first appeared on the lake…and how He immediately reached out His hand and caught Peter when he called Him.
I’ve re-read this passage several times and just before I was ready to post this message, I got yet another revelation…so naturally, I’ll be staying with this vein tomorrow too.
Get this…verses 32 and 33 has me excited tonight.
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him saying”Truly you are the Son of God.”
Peter was a fisherman so what could have been more familiar to him than a boat carrying his family…brother-Andrew…and a bunch of his closest friends…No doubt, they all thought he’d lost it because they too were enduring the same storm…but when Peter sought an uncommon opportunity to get closer to Jesus, he took it…Not knowing whether he’d sink or stand…but he took a few steps out despite the raging storm.
And yes, he sank when he lost focus, but the awesome thing is that when he felt the water rising around his ankles and then his legs, he knew to call on the Lord to catch him before he went under. And of course, Jesus, immediately caught him.
The beauty that I had not grasped before is the possibility that Peter had indeed not been the only one that stepped out of the boat, but quite possibly could have led the way…
His example…I mean…we know that this account has led the way in our own faith, but the bible never specifically states how long Peter walked nor does it mention that he was the sole person to walk. It merely indicates he was the first to step out.
Now I’m not adding anything to the word here so don’t fret.
I just know that in the moments that I’d re-read that scripture that the Holy spirit led me to realize that when we step out in faith, those who are behind us will have courage to do the same.
When we call on the Lord as our first response to trouble instead of a last resort, we, just as Peter had, show our family, friends, and even the enemy (don’t forget that Judas was on the boat too) the power that God has to keep our head above water.
So the next time you feel like you’re drowning, recall this passage and remember God specializes and making the impossible already done!
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