So last week we saw how Peter walked on water while acting on the words of Jesus.
But something happened, as Peter walked he began to sink. See here:
And he said, Come. 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 beginning 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? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
Matthew 14:29-33 KJV
Peter walked on the water to go to Jesus, while walking ‘he saw’. ‘He saw the wind boisterous’. But wait a minute Peter was it the wind you saw in the first place that made you go walk on the water or the Person of Jesus.
You see Peter kept his gaze on Jesus and so he did the impossible, he walked on the water but when he shifted his gaze from the One who sent him to the task he was sent he began to sink.
Upon the realization that he could not make it he cried out to Jesus who called him in the first place and he was rescued.
Immediately he cried Jesus stretched His hand and caught him. Then He asked him a question ‘o thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?’ ‘Why did you remove your gaze from me to the sea?’And together they walked back into the ship. And those in the ship believed on Him that he was indeed the son of God.
So many times we behave like Peter, we shift our gaze from the One who called us to the task he called us to do. And then the task now seems so insurmountable that we begin to fidget. We begin to sink, to despair, to worry how on earth we could accomplish such task.
But notice that Peter didn’t keep silent, he cried out to Jesus. He did not just think, he voiced out his fears, he c-r-i-e-d out to Jesus. No time forming big boss. He ran to his only source of hope and he got rescued.
When we take actions, we should fix our gaze on Jesus. We might sink, challenges must come our way but like Peter we can cry out to Jesus.
No need trying to manage ourselves or the situation. All we have to do is cry out to Jesus saying ‘Lord, save me’. He is the One who has called us and so He’ll surely stretch out His hands and deliver us and then that impossible thing that we think cannot be accomplished will be accomplished through us cos together with Jesus we will make it back to the ship without being swallowed up by the waves.
And when those around see what God has accomplished in and through us, they’ll acknowledge Him as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
‘Has God said’ then you don’t need any other approval. Act on what God has said cos He’s the Supreme Authority.
Secondly, look unto Jesus the author and finisher of your faith.
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:2 KJV
Do not look on the task you were called to do or on the challenges you encounter on the road to accomplishing those task He sent you.
Let your gaze be on Him and even when the challenges seem to weigh you down because you have taken off your gaze from Him, just cry out to Him and He’ll deliver You and together You’ll achieve that which men thought was impossible.
There is the beginning, continuing and ending faith. The faith needed to begin a task is not the same with that we need to carry on the task to the end.
At the beginning we are faced with just our fears but as we continue we discover that these fears are not just assumptions we are now faced with real challenges. We begin to look for a way out but herein lies the problem when we look for ways outside Christ.
Peter just had the faith to begin and he would have made it to the finishing line had he kept his gaze on Jesus-the author and finisher of our faith.
Nevertheless we see that only Peter of all the disciples walked on the water just because he had faith and believed the words of Jesus.
It is better to begin and fail and then cry out to God for help than not to make any attempt at all.
Christ gives faith to begin and so continuing and finishing faith must as well come from Him.
Once our faith is fixed on Jesus, we have faith not just to begin, but to continue and also finish the task.
So let’s all take action fixing our gaze on Jesus-the author and finisher of our faith.
Remember: ‘excuses do not get the job done neither do good intentions’.
Cheers to taking more actionable steps this week!
PS: Kindly share your thoughts on the matter and let’s discuss in the comment section.