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.”“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said…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 14:26-31 (NIV)
We too can boldly step out in faith without fearing failure, as we believe in our hearts that Christ Jesus is exactly who he claims to be and trust that he will do all he says he can do within us and through us. Our spiritual empowerment is not limited by the natural laws of our earthly existence, but by our resolute faith in Christ Jesus in whom we, as Believers, have our eternal being.
Peter, in that providential moment of boldly trusting Jesus, stepped from the boat and began to walk on the surface of the water. For in his heart during that transformational moment he believed in the power released in the words spoken by Jesus until, from mounting doubt and fear, his faith began to waiver and he started sinking into the water.
Jesus used this extraordinary event to demonstrate to Peter, the other Apostles, and to all of us that the spiritual laws at work in the kingdom of God are truly mighty in nature and enormously more powerful than any laws constrained by our earthly existence. For the physical laws we experience here are real but hopelessly weak by comparison to those of the kingdom. In effect, he was demonstrating the immeasurable supernatural power and authority we command, when we, without reservation, put our faith and trust in him. With his authority, however, Christ Jesus can sequence or arrange even the natural laws governing this Earth to our benefit.
By first acknowledging our own weaknesses and believing God without reservation, we transform what once was our biggest natural limitation into spiritual strength. For in doing so we are granted passport and full citizenship in the Kingdom of God providing us unrestricted access to all of its beneficial resources. And even if we have a moment of doubt, Christ Jesus will always be there to rescue us.
Dear Heavenly Father, help us to gain the indelible perception that faith and humility are forever linked in the Kingdom. There is no limit to your reach or influence when, moment-by-moment, we walk in the Spirit. Amen.
A F Fischer