come: to go from one place to another; to act; to follow someone
Jesus gave his disciples an assignment. He gave them something to do. He told them to get into a ship and to go to the other side. After He sent them away, He went to the mountain to pray.
The disciples did what Jesus told them to do. Things got off to a good start, but before they could reach where Jesus told them to go, a storm came in the midst of the sea. In the middle of their journey. The waves tossed the ship and the winds were very strong.
Jesus left where he was (the mountain) to go where they were (the sea). When the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were afraid for they thought it was a ghost. But Jesus encouraged them with words. Be of good cheer. It is I. Be not afraid.
Peter then said, Lord, if it be you, command me to come to you on the water. If Jesus told him to do it, then he believed he could do it. Jesus then said, Come.
When Peter stepped on the water, the sea wasn’t calm and the storm hadn’t ceased. The wind was still strong and the waves were still tossing the ship, but he obeyed. His situation never changed. Things still looked the same, but he wasn’t focused on what he saw. He didn’t wait for the right time. He didn’t wait for perfect conditions. He didn’t wait for Jesus to give him another word and then another word. He acted on the word that Jesus gave him.
Jesus gave Peter one word (Come) and he obeyed. Some of us have gotten so many prophecies and promises and confirmation, yet we remain in the ship. We never moved. We never did what God told us to do, but we’re wondering why our situation hasn’t changed. You asked God to do something in your life and then your opportunity came, but because the opportunity came in the form of a storm, you didn’t want what you had asked for anymore. God promised you something and now years later you’re wondering why it hasn’t come to pass yet. It’s because you refused to do something that you had never done before.
Peter had NEVER walked on water before.
Here are some of the things we battle with in our minds: What if I fall once I get out of the ship? What will they (disciples) say about me? What if I fail? They may laugh at me.
The moment Peter stopped doing what Jesus commanded him to do and looked at the wind, he became afraid and began to sink. No one never said that fear wouldn’t come, but remember that God didn’t give you the spirit of fear. He is with you, He has revealed to you that it is Him and you don’t have to be afraid.
God just doesn’t want to fulfill His promises in your life, but He also wants to do something in the lives of those who are in the ship with you. Think about it this way. The longer Peter would have stayed in the ship, the longer he would have stayed in the storm as well as those who were with him. When the disciples saw what He did for Peter, it gave them hope. It increased their faith. It helped their unbelief. They worshipped him and said, You really are the Son of God.
I know we think that it’s ‘safe’ in the ship, but the blessings and the promises that God gave you aren’t in the ship. And listen. When you get out of the ship, continue to focus on the One who called you out of the ship. Focus on the word He gave you. Keep doing what He told you to do. If you focus on what things look like, you will begin to doubt and then you will sink. But if you sink, do what Peter did and cry out to the Lord because you are not far from His hand. He will catch you with His hand. He will hold you up with His hand. He will not allow what was sent to bless you to drown you.
But to see a difference in your life, you are going to have to do something different. Something you have never done before. For us to see change in our lives, we are going to have to change how we think and how we feel and how we used to do things.
It is time to get out of the ship. To do what God is telling you to do, to go where He wants you to go, you are going to have to leave something.
Peter left the ship to go to Jesus. What are you willing to leave? Will you come out of the ship also?
[Scripture reference: Matthew 14:22-33]