by Rex Rouis
Peter answered, “Lord, if it is you, order me to come to you on the water.” Jesus said, “Come!” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.” Matthew 14:28, 29
First insight: Walking on water has nothing to do with water. The water is a side issue. The real issue has to do with words – God’s words. Peter did not actually walk on the water. He walked on the Word of God, precisely the word “Come” that Jesus spoke to him. He – walked on the Word – on the water. Within that Word from God resided all the miracle-working power necessary for him to do it. When he received that Word, he received the ability. Before he received that Word, he could never have done it.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. John 6:63
Second insight: Receiving Jesus’ Word to ‘Come’ is insufficient. For it to work, Peter must act on what He says. He will have to throw his leg over the side of the boat and start walking. Faith, the Bible says, ‘without corresponding actions is dead and lifeless.’ By getting out of the boat, he activated the resident power in the Word. It came alive and began to work. Peter was walking on the living and active Word of God.
But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works (corresponding actions) is useless (unproductive)? James 2:20
Take away: How can you walk on your watery situations in life? You can do this by listening to Jesus and by doing precisely what He says. If you do, you will experience God’s miraculous power in your life. If you do not, you will not experience God’s miraculous power in your life. It is that simple. In other words, if you do not hear and obey God’s word, get ready to stay in the boat with the rest of the unbelievers and doubters.