“And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and begin to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? …“- Matthew 14:29-31
One night, the disciples of Jesus were in a boat, far out at a sea. Suddenly they saw someone walking towards them on the water. Terrified, they thought it was a ghost, but it turned out to be the Master Himself. One of them, Simon Peter, dared to say “Lord, if it’s you, ask me to come to you on the water.” Interestingly, Jesus didn’t say, “No! Walking on the water requires lots of prayerfulness, boy!” Rather, He spoke one word to Peter and said “Come!” Peter jumped out of the boat and began walking on the water to Jesus.
But something happened next that changed the course of the story. Peter looked at the raging winds, and immediately, he began to sink. The question is: what was the connection between fear and the water? Why did the water which up until that time held him up, suddenly give way beneath his feet? Notice that as the Master quickly reached out to save Peter, He didn’t say “Oh Peter, you stepped on the wrong spot,” instead He asked him “Why did you doubt?” It was doubt that deactivated the power of the Word “Come” which Jesus had spoken to him.
If Peter had not doubted, the water would have held him up as perfectly as it held up Jesus. Never allow doubt to creep into your heart. Doubt breeds fear, and fear is of the devil. Thus, you must not accommodate doubt, fear or unbelief in your life. Doubt has robbed many of the opportunity to function at the level God has called them into. Build absolute confidence in the Word of God, for it never fails. All that Peter and the other disciples needed was the Word “Come” spoken by the Master, and they all could have walked and danced on water that night.
Learn to keep your attention fully on what the Word of God says, and you will never be overwhelmed by the circumstance of life. Rather, the same situations that challenge others will be your platform for victories. God’s Word is trustworthy and dependable, so believe it with all your heart and refuse to doubt.
My faith in God and His eternal Word is unshakable! I do not doubt the integrity of God’s Word. I’ve made an unqualified committal of my entire being to the Word of God. I live by the Word of God, and I refuse to give consideration to any situation or information that is contrary to the provisions of God’s Word.
Further Study: Mark 11:23; Mark 9:23