And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” Matthew 14:28 NKJV
Jesus answered the desire of Peter’s heart with, “Come.”
After feeding five thousand people Jesus sent His disciples ahead in a boat. It was tossed by waves. The wind blew against it. In the pre-dawn hours Jesus walked on the waves towards His disciples. They mistook Him for a ghost.
When Jesus revealed Himself Peter cried out, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to You on the water.” What was in Peter’s heart? What made Peter think he could walk on the water?
Peter desperately wanted to walk with Jesus. Peter believed he could walk on the water if Jesus commanded it. Peter believed he could do what Jesus did because he was Jesus’ disciple.
Peter was brash and bold enough to be the first disciple to step out in faith. He was also the first to be rebuked by the Lord, why? Peter lacked discernment. He was a good sprinter. He did not know how to run a marathon.
Before declaring the Word of God with boldness Peter raised his sword in anger. Before receiving his commission to feed God’s sheep Peter denied the Lord three times. Before becoming a leader in the church Peter’s boldness needed to be tempered with humility!
Peter did take a few steps on the water. He began to sink below the waves when he focused on them instead of Jesus. The Lord took Peter by the hand and walked him to safety. Peter did walk on the water. He did not do it in his own strength!
Jesus is inviting us to, “Come” to Him today! What does that mean?
Before I came to Jesus I denied Him. After the Lord revealed Himself to me I walked a few steps with Him. When the seas of my life got rough and the winds of adversity roared I took my eyes off Jesus. I was a sprinter. I had no idea how to run a marathon!
The word “Come” has many meanings. First we get saved. We learn to follow Jesus. We may try living the Christians life in our own strength and wisdom. We may trip and fall. We may even grow tired and weary.
But Jesus teaches us to hold on to Him when the winds of adversity blow through our lives. Jesus teaches us to keep our eyes on Him when the seas of trials and troubles roar. Jesus teaches us to be marathon runners so we can finish our race of faith!
Peter made mistakes. So have I. So will you. We all do. Peter walked with Jesus. He served Jesus. He fought the good fight of faith and completed the race. So can we.
Walk on the water with Jesus today. “Come” to Jesus everyday!
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