As Christians, we are called to walk by faith; in fact the Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). The story of Peter getting out of the boat and walking on water is one of the most incredible illustrations of this faith walk.
Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous,he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
God will often call us to “get out of the boat” and walk by faith into unknown territory or new things that He has for us. He does not always give us all of the answers; but if He calls us to step out we must go, trusting that we will not sink. But faith is not blind as some think it to be. Faith is a substance (See Hebrews 11:1 NKJV) and it is based on seeing God’s realities more than our present natural circumstances.
I want to give you three keys to “walking on water” that will help you grow in faith:
Peter said, “Lord if it is you, command me to come…” Because of Peter’s relationship with Jesus, he knew that he could trust Him. The more that we grow in intimacy with the Lord the more we will be able to walk by faith and trust in Him, even when circumstances do not look good.
Peter needed a word from Jesus to get him out of the boat. Jesus said “Come” and it gave Peter faith to step out. Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” When God speaks, it imparts faith for us to step out into the things that He is calling us to do.
The mistake that Peter made was to take his eyes off of Jesus and look to the wind and the waves that were around him. This is the same thing that we often do; we take our eyes off of the Lord and look instead to our seemingly impossible circumstances. If we keep our eyes on Jesus, we will not be hindered by the “wind and the waves.”
So again, faith is not blind. It is based on seeing and hearing spiritual realities that are superior to natural ones. It is based on God’s Word. It is based on knowing Him and growing in intimacy with Him, and it is sustained as we keep our eyes fixed on Him.
What is God calling you to do? In what way is He asking you to get out of the boat and walk on water? Listen for His voice, and when He calls step out!