I was listening to a sermon the other day from a pastor at my friend’s church. In it he talked about Peter walking on water. I know I’ve heard a few times how we’re fine when we have our eyes fixed on Jesus like Peter, and we start to sink once we cave in to our doubts and anxiety and remove our gaze. Get that, it’s a good point. This pastor had an addition to it that I never really thought about, saying that all Jesus needed to do to steady Peter was simply just reach his hand out- Peter had gotten so far from the boat to Jesus and stumbled toward the finish line- Jesus was literally right there with His hand close enough to help Peter not sink. This thought blew me away so much and I’ve thought about it all week, so today I read the passage in the Bible about Jesus and Peter walking on water. None of what I had thought and dwelled on all week was speaking to me, but boy did I get punched in the gut with a truth I hadn’t even thought of.
Read Matthew 14: 22-33.
What stuck out to me was in verse 33. It says: Then those in the boat worshipped Him and said, ‘Truly You are the Son of God.’”
Come again? These men in the boat were already known as “the disciples” or the chosen twelve that were the closest followers of Jesus. Before the whole walking on water thing, they had seen several miracles already, or at least heard of them. In Matthew 8 and 9 Jesus cleansed a man of his leprosy, healed a few people that were paralyzed, drove out demons from men, removed a fever from Peter’s mom, calmed a storm with just his words and healed a blind man. From there Jesus told many parables all leading to faith in Him. Right before he walked on water, he feed more than 5,000 people from the tiny lunch of one little boy with baskets of leftovers. You’re telling me that these 12 men had seen all of this and were just figuring out that Jesus was the Son of God?!
I found this crazy. How could the chosen followers of Christ be so dense as to not see that He was the Son of God that had been prophesized time and time again? Then a gut wrenching feeling came over me. Who am I to wonder what took them so long when I consider all it took for me to believe in Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Furthermore, how many times do I make God tell me something before I listen? My first thought after that was “oh great, something else I’m failing at.” Immediately I laughed, hasn’t God been teaching me that I need to give HIM all my insecurities? And yet, my first reaction was to go into my doubts and camp out for a minute. Silly, silly me.
Believers, how many times does God need to tap you on the shoulder and tell you something before it really sinks in? For me, it’s a lot more than I would like it to be, and that’s certainly something I need to work on. Let’s pray and commit to start listening when God speaks to us. Pray and meditate on His word and let Him truly guide you. Don’t be the disciple who needs a million signs to pick up on who Jesus is anymore!
For any non-believers reading, how many times does God need to show you how amazing He is before you will believe in Him? Like I said yesterday, you are worth the cross. We have all sinned (Romans 3:23) and we know that the price tag on our sin is eternal death (Romans 6:23). Jesus lived a perfect life and died our place, rising again to eternal life (1 Corinthians 15: 3-4). Because of Jesus covering our bill, we can live in Heaven if we only accept Him paying our check (Romans 10: 9-13). I can give you loads more Scripture. I can tell you about people going to Christian music festivals sick and going to their next doctor appointment to find out that they were healed. I can tell you about prayers being answered and turned into praises. I can tell you about lives I have seen changed- mine included. What is it going to take for you to believe that you are worth the cross? How many times does God need to tell you how much He loves you?
Nothing Is Wasted- Jason Gray
Promise of A Lifetime- Kutless
Come to Jesus- Planetshakers
Come as You Are- Pocket Full of Rocks
All I Need to Know- Thousand Foot Krutch
Love Restores- Shine Bright Baby
*The sermon I spoke about at the start of this was “When Anxiety Attacks” by Steven Furtick from Elevation Church. It’s live on their website and on their App.*