Walking Up to Your Miracle

large_Peter-walks-water250x206.jpgTEXT: Peter walks on the water (Matthew 14:24-27); (Matthew 14:28-33)

Miracles aren't only related to physical and financial things; sometimes, they're for spiritual things. Regardless of what our need, we need a miracle when we have reached the end of our resources, our hope and, often, our faith.

Peter was not without faith. He just didn't have much in the first place. Yet, Jesus singled Peter out for a miracle. Peter had no idea that Jesus was going to come by - and, for sure, did not know that, if Jesus were to come to the disciples' boat, that He would be walking on the water instead of arriving the normal way - like aboard a dingy. Really, who ever walked on the water?

Sometimes we need a real miracle. For some, the miracle might be healing; for others, the miracle might be a deeper walk with the Lord after we feel we've hit a stone wall in our relationship with Him. 

Jesus didn't just happen by Peter and the disciples in their fishing boat - which, by the way, was being buffeted just before dawn by wind and waves. It wasn't a still night; they had plenty to worry about. So, why did Jesus not just calm things by speaking to the elements? Likely, He was there, among other things, to bring a miracle to Peter.

And, though all the disciples saw the miracle of Jesus walking on the water in the first place, it was only Peter who wanted to do something about it. Peter's heart and spirit demanded that He go to his Jesus and caused him to call out.

The Path Over The Waters Leads Us To Our Miracle

You'll never walk on the water until Jesus calls you. It's impossible without Him. Faith calls out; Jesus answers. Peter sought Jesus' will before he left the boat. Paraphrased: "If it's you, tell me to come to you." Jesus replied, "Come."

When Peter heard from the Lord, he left the boat and walked on the water. Did Peter think that it was odd that he was walking on the water, or did he really not notice? To his credit, Peter stayed on top of the water as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus. He had enough faith to go to Jesus; just not for the return trip. By ontrast, the other disciples stayed in the boat.

Sometimes we, like Peter, must go it alone. But just know that, if you aren't willing to risk anything, you'll never get anything.

And what do the waters in this story symbolize? Faith is the path OVER the waters, and the waters theselves are our doubts, fears and worries. The path of faith over the waters allowed Peter to stay on top of the waters, even in defiance of the law of surface tension that water must ordinarily obey. And faith kept him there, until he allowed the tensions of the moment to divert his attention from Jesus - an act which exhausted his faith, and which made him sink into the very waters he once walked upon.

Faith also allows any follower of Jesus to walk over our own waters, and to literally walk above our doubts, fear and our worries. All we have to do is keep our eyes on Jesus.

We should also remember that it is doubt that breaks the surface tension of "the waters" and causes us to sink. And when we take our eyes off Jesus, it means we have shifted our focus from Him to US, and how things affect US. If it happened to Peter, it will happen to US.

Your miracle is not in the boat; it's where Jesus is. He did not come to Peter's boat in the usual way. He came in an unique way. Perhaps that's God's way of showing us He is God ... by breaking through our "usual way of thinking" to show us that the "impossible" is his "possible."

A Lesson From Elijah's Cave

God's approach to the prophet Elijah was also unusual (1Kings 19:9-14). God sent a wind, an earthquake, a fire, and a whisper - all on the same day, all in sequence. Which one was God? He sent the wind, the earthquake and the fire, but He was only in one of them - the whisper. But before you draw any conclusions about Elijah's encounter, remember that God can be in anything, even a burning bush. Whatever form you encounter, look for God in it - to see if was SENT by Him or if He is IN it.

You must look beyond the boat for your miracle. Nothing in yourself will result in a miracle. Or in your boat of circumstances. You must look beyond the boat to see, and then call on, Jesus and ask Him what to do - in your own way.

One thing is for sure: Peter and Elijah's faith was never the same after they met God.

Peter told to everyone else what Jesus did for him, and then someone wrote it down. Down through the ages, that story has survived, and we read it with fresh eyes today and know that God is faithful - and not at all "usual" in anything he does. That just means we should look for the unexpected.

We learn from Peter's story that there is hope that Jesus will come by our boat one dark night, when we're at the end of our spiritual rope, and we will see His light in the darkness and call out to Him and wait for His reply. When he tells us to "come," we can go to our miracle, and walk in it, so long as we keep our eyes on Him and just walk, without even thinking about it.

Final Admonitions

When you get your miracle, hold on to it tightly. Don't let the "wind" of the adversary (Matthew 14:29-30) influence you to the point that you take your eyes off Jesus. The Evil One has one mission: To steal your miracle, kill it, or destory it (John 10:10). He can't stop God from giving it to you in the first place, but he waits until after you have it and then attacks your right to keep it.

So keep it. Why sink?