“But instantly He spoke to them, saying, Take courage! I Am! Stop being afraid! And Peter answered Him, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water. He said, Come! So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and he came toward Jesus. But when he perceived and felt the strong wind, he was frightened, and as he began to sink, he cried out, Lord, save me [from death]! Instantly Jesus reached out His hand and caught and held him, saying to him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:27-31
Close your eyes for a moment, imagine this scene in the boat with the disciples, and answer this question. What is the most important message in this whole passage of Scripture? Did you think, “O you of little faith”? If you did, you are not alone.
Many believers focus only on the words of Jesus to Peter and miss the rest. In focusing on Peter’s faltering steps we miss the most amazing element of the story.
As a fisherman, Peter knew how cruel the sea was. He probably lost friends and relatives to drowning and heard of others who died. He was also very aware any storm could swamp the little fishing boat and take the lives of the occupants. Peter was well acquainted with death.
Yet in the middle of a storm, seeing a figure on the water, Peter stepped out of the boat.
Think on that. No other disciple got out of the boat, only Peter. How many of us, if we were in a storm tossed boat in the middle of the night, would do the same? We need to stop thinking Peter had little faith and wonder why our faith isn’t big enough to get us out of the boat.
Doubt is a part of faith as much as breathing is a part of life. When we walk in faith, we will face doubt. The problem isn’t doubt while walking in faith, but simply walking in faith to begin with.
Our focus is wrong. We need to face the fact that we are not willing to step out in faith.
Faith isn’t about rational and careful thought. Faith isn’t about assessing the odds and calculating the risk. Faith isn’t about doubt and making mistakes. Faith is about getting out of the boat.
When will we begin passionately following our Beloved and stop at nothing to be with Him like Peter did? When will we realize that Jesus is waiting for us to step out in faith first? What is the worse that will happen if we do? That He will catch us if we doubt?
We have only one simple question for you. When are you going to step out of the boat?
Homer and Wanda