Keep Walking 🚶
“Jesus came toward them, walking on the water.” Matthew 14:25
When Jesus sent the apostles to the other side of the sea, it wasn’t like there was a waterway Uber He could have called to drop Him off at the boat. He didn’t forget He was going to need a ride; rather, He knew He was going to find His way there somehow, even if it meant walking.
Lesson #1: When we walk with God, led by the Holy Spirit, we don’t need to worry about little details. If He has given an instruction, He will make a way for it to come to pass – even if He has to move waters to make it happen.
Wait – He’s done that before:
“…The Lord opened up a path through the water with a strong east wind.” Exodus 14:21
Okay, but walking on top of water is a different matter, right? Especially because water is, em, let’s say “soft” and land is “hard”. One can be stepped on and the other can’t – that’s just the basic laws of physics (and life.)
“You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you.” Romans. 8:9
But, no offence to laws – of gravity, of matter, or [insert-scientific-term] – but the Spirit makes its own rules. And the only way we, whose physical bodies are made of [insert-scientific-term], can override the laws of the world and access the realm of the Spirit, is through faith in God.
“…We know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 2:16
So, what is the foundation of our faith? Must we see with our eyes and touch with our hands in order to believe?
Must we feel the earth underneath our feet to be able to take a step?
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7
Truth is, Jesus never needed to see the earth under His feet in order to walk.
We see Him walking miraculously across the water, but He was just walking.
His faith was never in what was underneath His feet, but in the Maker of the world, the One who holds the universe in His hands.
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” Psalm 20:7
And for a brief moment out there, Peter also trusted in God. He also had faith. But his faith was shaky – like ours often is – and so when he took his eyes of the Lord, he started to sink.
But it’s only because Peter was on water that we could see that he was sinking. We could see that his foundation wasn’t strong enough to hold him, so we understand why he went in.
But is it possible that every time we walk in unbelief, we’re also sinking? Is it possible that, when we take our eyes of God, we make our circumstances our foundation? Do we understand that it’s possible to stand upright and be sinking in our hearts?
Of course we know this: we know that people see our smiles but don’t know our pain. We know how to look like we have it all together when our souls are hurting.
What we forget is that Jesus is just one cry away:
““Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him.” Matthew 14:30-31
We have believed the lie: that Jesus takes His sweet time. That there’s no point asking Him, since we have no idea how long He’ll take to answer. So we sink deeper and deeper and struggle to find solutions for ourselves.
But any swimmer knows that struggling takes you under; you only float when you completely let go.
“…You must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” James 1:6
The fact that we don’t see the result we were expecting doesn’t mean He hasn’t moved to save us; doesn’t mean He hasn’t reached out and grabbed us. Our circumstances are not our truth; there’s only one Way, one Truth, one Life: Jesus.