How to Walk on Water

Dr. Ray Pritchard
Dr. Ray Pritchard

“So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus” (Matthew 14:29).

In his sermon on this passage, Robert Rayburn defines faith as “concentration on Jesus.” I find that very helpful because we all can get distracted, especially when the storms of life rage around us. It’s not easy to keep your eyes on Jesus in the middle of the night, when fear threatens to overwhelm you. This text reminds us that not only does Christ control the storm, and not only does he send the storm, he reveals himself in the midst of the storm. Very often our purest vision of Christ comes when the storms of life threaten to capsize the tiny boat of our faith.

The wind always blows around us. The mighty storm comes sooner or later. We have no choice or control over when the storm comes. Today the sun may be shining; tomorrow we may find ourselves toiling against the wind and rain, tossed about by adversity. Life can turn on a dime. We all know that.

What happened to Peter can happen to any of us.

For a brief moment, he forgets about Jesus and remembers who he is and where he is. He is Peter, a Galilean fisherman who belongs back in the boat. In that instant he looks down at his feet and sees nothing but water underneath. His mind comes to a quick conclusion: “I’m not supposed to be walking on water. This is impossible.” When he lost his concentration on Jesus, he began to sink.

The lesson is clear for all of us.

Pray for “concentrating faith.”
You can survive any storm if you keep your eyes on Jesus.

Lord Jesus, help me to walk on the waters of faith because you can calm every storm. Amen.

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Originally published March 01, 2018.

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