Why would you waste your life doing something merely great for God, when you could do the impossible through God?
“And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.” Matthew 14:22-29
I wonder if I were to ask you to write a list of your favorite Bible stories what stories would be on your list.
If I were to compose such a list, this story would be on that list because the events that take place in this story are absolutely amazing to me. It ranks right up there with David and Goliath, the walls of Jericho, and the feeding of the five thousand.
One of the great old preachers used to tell how he prayed more after a meeting then he did before a meeting, because as he put it, “the best time to meet with God is after the answered prayer.”
They are out in the boat , and it is sometime between three o’ clock in the morning and six o’ clock in the morning and this is anything but a pleasure cruise, these guys are scared, and they are fighting for their lives.
Maybe it was Andrew yelling to Philip, but Philip doesn’t answer because he is squinting over Andrew’s shoulder. He is straining his eyes to focus on a shape that is moving towards them. There is someone out there alright. This person is just to the west and yes, it looks like a man!!!
Then these spiritual disciples praise God with all their hearts!!!!
Jesus tells them to not be afraid, that he is there with them.
I have always wondered why he did not just appear in the boat with them, but if they got this scared having him walk to them, no telling what would have happened if they just would have appeared!
Then Peter does something amazing!!!
“And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.” ~Matthew 14:28
Peter, what are you thinking? I think Peter saw Jesus out there and thought, if I would ever have a chance of doing what he is doing it is going to have to be now!!!
When is the last time that you just asked God to do the impossible with you?
Did you even ask?
“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”~ Luke 11:9
I did not bring up the “escape plan” that people throw out so often. “Now if you choose not to heal…” No way, I am asking the God of the universe to do what I know He can do! We know that He will do His will, so I am just going to ask for the can.
In just about every encounter that Jesus had with a need He would always ask, "What do you want from me?" Jesus also said, "if you have seen me then you have seen the Father." He was the perfect expression of God and how He desires to be seen by men.
It would have been pretty easy for Joseph to be in that pit after being thrown there by his brothers and give up on his dreams, or the Jail at Potiphar's house, but the conditions around him did not stop him from seeing those dreams complete.
The waves were crashing into that boat, but Peter looked beyond those conditions, and focused on what really mattered. The Lord
In order to walk on water you have to get out of the boat.
What is it that you would love to have God do through you?
I asked a question at the start of this blog post.
I was feeling a bit nostalgic today and was going through some older pictures and videos and when I saw this video of my oldest son and I when he was very young, it just seemed very fitting for the post so I decided to share it.