After sending them home, He went up into the hills by Himself to pray. Night fell while He was there alone. Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water (Matthew 14:23-25 NLT).
Beloved, studying the story of Peter walking on water again, it has never become clearer to me that truly… STORMS HAVE NO POWER TO BRING YOU DOWN.
After a day of great ministration, Jesus needed some time away from everyone so He sent everyone away but then, His disciples found themselves in a storm and you would think that Jesus would come to their aid immediately they were in trouble. Oh NO! If you’ve walked long enough with the Lord, you would know that’s not His style. He took Him time. They were tossed about by the waves but Jesus did not move an inch. He allowed them to face the storm. It was almost morning before He came towards them. Jesus must have felt the storm wasn’t a problem.
However, in the same story, it’s interesting to see how Jesus reacted differently when it came to dealing with what we could call a man’s greatest enemy. We find out that Jesus came toward them, walking on the water but… when the disciples saw Him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in FEAR. But JESUS IMMEDIATELY SAID TO THEM: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” (Matthew 14:26-27 NIV)
Beloved, when fear gripped them, unlike the storm, Jesus immediately intervenes because He knows what fear can do. And then, of course, the second enemy is DOUBT. Peter the brave and courageous one was quick to take a bold step in the midst of the storm… but when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” IMMEDIATELY Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” He said, “why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:30-31 NIV)
That’s another immediate reaction from Jesus because if FEAR does not take you down, DOUBT is bound to do the Job. Was Peter brave? Yes! Brave people do things afraid anyway, but according to Jesus, it was his doubt that got him sinking. It was his doubt that got him to abandon what he started. But thank God that Jesus always pinpoints the real problem… TAKE COURAGE!… DON’T BE AFRAID… WHY DID YOU DOUBT?
Beloved, this tells me that it is not what happens to you that really matters but how you respond to what happens. FEAR and DOUBT are bound to take you down faster than the storm itself so do your best to rise about these two devils. Focus on Jesus and you too would be walking on top of what is drowning others.