Okay, it is a pretty amazing scene to try and picture in our minds, isn't it? Jesus walked toward his disciples on water. You can kind of understand why He scared the disciples; that is something that is unheard of. In fact, notice that He doesn't rebuke the disciples for their fears and instead He makes sure they understand it is Him. Peter told Him to call him out of the boat and walk on water to Him if it really was Jesus. Don't you find that an interesting request? But it also shows us that Peter already had enough faith in Jesus to know that if it was Him, that He could allow Peter to walk on water. Keep in mind that it was still dangerously windy and the waves were still heavy. But Jesus called to Peter and Peter began to walk on water toward Jesus. Once Peter took his focus away from Jesus and remembered the waves, he began to sink and that is when Jesus rebuked him for little faith.
Peter knew that Jesus could make him walk on water, yet he still had little faith? Hmm. What do you think of that? I think that it is one thing to believe, and it is another thing to live it out. I really do believe that if Jesus tells me to do something, then He will give me the ability to do it. I absolutely believe that. With that faith, I may even start out on the journey; however, no journey is ever without some kind of resistance. As soon as something gets difficult or takes my eyes off of God, I may find myself sinking. My faith takes me just far enough to get started, but not quite far enough to finish. Can you relate to that? But there is hope because later in his life, Peter became bold in difficult situations and did things through faith in Jesus that he would have never imagined doing. This is because his faith was strengthened by his time with Jesus and he experience what it was like to walk on water. We can strengthen our faith in Jesus, too. We do this by spending time reading the Bible and praying every day. The more time we spend with God, the more our faith grows.
Do you believe that Jesus can give you the ability to do what He has called you to do? What are you doing to increase your faith in God?
This post is linked with Word Filled Wednesday.