Faith in the Storms
by Pastor Bill Pevlor
An exciting characteristic of Godís Word, the Holy bible, is that each
time you read it the Holy Spirit can reveal another facet of Godís truth to
you. Iíve found that reading a novel the second time can be enjoyable, if
itís a good one. But the third time never seems worth the effort. In contrast,
I have read the Bible many, many times over, yet it gets more stimulating each
As I re-read scriptures I am quite familiar with, a new truth will jump
off the page. Often, scriptures Iíve looked at from one angle sparkle with new
luster when viewed from another perspective. A good example is an amazing event
recorded in the 14th chapter of Matthewís gospel.
The disciples of Jesus were in a boat crossing the Sea of Galilee,
struggling against the wind and waves. Then they see Jesus (whom they had left
back on shore hours ago) walking on the lake. Never having seen or heard of
anyone ever walking on water, the disciples are terrified. ďItís a
ghost,Ē they said, and cried out in fear.
Jesus told them not to be afraid. Peter responded by saying ďLord,
if itís you, tell me to come to you on the water.Ē Jesus told him to
come. And Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water. (Wouldnít that be
Apparently the fun faded quickly when Peter took note of the wind and the
waves. Peter became afraid and began to sink. He cried out to Jesus who
immediately reached out His hand and lifted the sinking disciple from the water.
Then Jesus asked him ďYou of little faith, why did you doubt?Ē
Iíve always looked at that story as a lesson in keeping our eyes on
Jesus. As long as Peter focused on Jesus, his faith kept him afloat. When Peter
took his eyes off Jesus and focused on the turmoil around him, doubt overcame
him and he began to sink.
Preachers over the ages have used this story to point out Peterís
failure, however, letís look at this same story from a different perspective.
Yes, Peter began to sink, but letís not be so hasty in our assessment.
One significant fact is often overlooked; Peter DID walk on water. Peter was a
participant in one of the greatest miracles in the Bible. We marvel at the
thought of Jesus walking on the water. Shouldnít we also marvel that Peter
also did? Even if Peterís walk only lasted a few seconds, how can we
trivialize such a remarkable accomplishment? The next time you get the
opportunity, give water-walking a try. I guarantee the attempt will boost your
appreciation for Peterís success, no matter how brief.
Also, letís not forget that there were eleven other men in the boat,
but only Peter had the faith to attempt such a thing. If we deride Peter for his
lack of faith, how are we going to deal with Matthew, Mark, Andrew, John and the
others disciples? A little honest introspection would help in our evaluation. We
need to ask ourselves, if we were there that day, would we be walking on the
water or huddled with the other eleven in the boat? Letís face it; when the
storms of life hit, anybody can cling to the boat. On the other hand; it takes a
man with a different spirit to rise above the circumstances and walk on the
Each life has its share of strong wind and waves. We know them as
hardship, adversity and affliction. You have to decide whether you will respond
in fear or respond in faith. In fear, our natural inclination is to cling to the
boat, which in reality, offers little security when caught in a tempest. Or you
can get out of the boat and walk with Jesus. Walking by faith with Jesus through
the storms of life and above the circumstances is risk-free. Staying in the
boat, you remain at the mercy of the wind and waves.
When the ďstormsĒ converge on your life, take a step of faith like Peter. Leave the false security offered by the boat and walk with Jesus. The good news is, even if we come up short, like Peter did, Jesus will never let us down.
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