And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 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 14:25-33).
Pedro Walks on the Waters – Story and Reflection in the Bible
One of my favorite stories in the Bible and the one that only records the Gospel of Matthew, that of Peter walking to Jesus on the waters. This story may have to do with the particular role that the disciple plays, since unlike the other disciples, he decided to hear the voice of his Master and leave the boat, to reach the impossible, walking in direction of Jesus.
However, in addition to the Bible saying that “Peter walked on the water” (Mt 14:29), he also mentions that from one moment to another he simply fell (Mt 14:30). Therefore, Jesus knowing the answer, the question he said was “Or thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” (Mt 14:31).
If we look at the story in detail, we can see that Peter left the boat when he heard the voice of Jesus, but he stopped when he began to consider everything around him, took his eyes off Jesus and forgot the basic principle, that we walk by faith and not by sight.
For we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Generally many people have experienced this same situation in our walk with the Lord. We may not walk on the water but many times on difficult situations. If we look at the wave of problems that arise near us without seeking help from God, we will also end up desperate and sinking. Therefore, in order to keep our faith in the midst of storms, let’s keep our eyes on the power of Christ and not on our incapacity.
And in reality, most of the time, falling into fear has a direct relationship with our lack of confidence in what God says about us, that we are beloved children, sitting at His right hand in heavenly places. So, Why does fear arise? Because we never finish incorporating this reality.
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6).
We do not see things as God wants us to see, on the contrary, we see our weaknesses. For this reason, what we believe determines our way of facing life, and if we continue to think that we are those who are far from God’s presence, we will never be able to appropriate the promises to which we have access through His Son Jesus Christ, where being perfected in his love there is no longer fear.
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love (1 John 4:17-18).