“Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”-Matthew 14:28-30
The disciples find themselves in yet another storm. During the first storm, Jesus is traveling with them (Matthew 8:23-27), but this time, the disciples are left facing the elements of nature alone. Peter had witnessed Jesus previously calm a storm and perform miracles after miracles. So when Jesus comes to them walking on water, Peter’s eyes are on Jesus, in spite of the storm. Peter steps out in faith, believing that at the command of the Lord, He can do the impossible. There’s a boldness that arises in us when we hear the voice of the Lord, whereby our confidence is rooted in the One who calls us. It reads in Acts 4:13 that “when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men… they recognized that they had been with Jesus.” The New Testament followers of Christ courageously preached the Gospel, in obedience of Jesus’ command to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel…” (Mark 15:16).
After the initial phase of stepping out in the power and the authority of Christ, comes the process of walking out your calling. Your ability to fulfill God’s intended purpose for your life will be determined by the direction of your focus. After you set sail, storms begin to crash against your boat; doubts from within, negative/critical voices from without, health, family or financial challenges, distractions and worldly lusts that pull your focus away from Christ.
The reason we find ourselves losing battles and sinking spiritually, is because we have taken our eyes off of Jesus; we start rely on own abilities and resources, we turn to others for direction and validation, and we despair at the storms of life. Peter walked on water, but then he began to sink the moment his focus shifted. Keeping your eyes turned to Jesus requires a conscious effort, day by day, but only then you will experience the supernatural power of God in your life.