July 10th, '18
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message by Kris Jackson
beginning to sink he cried out saying, "Lord, save me!" (Matthew 14:30 NKJV)
Under normal conditions it's either you sink or
swim, right? Nobody "begins" to sink. Going under doesn't generally happen in
slow motion. Leap out of the boat and it's a cannonball, down you go; the law
of gravity. But Peter was operating in a different realm under different laws.
He defied gravity and physic laws of water and weight displacement. Verse 29
vouches that Peter actually "walked on the water to go to Jesus". A miracle was
in motion until "he saw the wind boisterous". Now that is interesting. He saw
"wind". I didn't know a person can see wind. To see wind is to picture fleeting
figments. Imagination got the better of him. "People aren't supposed to be
doing this, this walking on water", the thoughts invaded. Doubt rose up.
Distracted by the natural he lost focus on the spiritual. Being momentarily
"double-minded" (James 1:8), diapsuchos in the Greek, two psyches, he
lost that targeted focus on Jesus and then began to sink.
A person always sinks in his mind before he
sinks in his circumstance. Whether one sinks depends on what one thinks.
When Peter saw the wind "he was afraid". Fear and faith can't operate in
tandem. When the one enters the other exits. We can certainly understand
Peter's fear because he faced no small wind. You can expect an all-out assault
of the evil one whenever you attempt your water-walking feat. The wind was
"boisterous", the Greek word being translated most often as "mighty" or
"strong". It was a violent wind. Frankly, If I were to attempt a water-walk, I
think I would choose a balmy July afternoon (with a lifejacket). Peter rather
obeyed Christ in a windstorm. Faith seldom operates in a germ-free laboratory
environment. Life never waits for ideal conditions. So the mindset must be, "If
I can walk on top the water then I can also stand up to the wind", because the
miracle rose in defiance to both earthly elements.
Don't criticize Peter because he walked a lot
farther than the skeptics clinging to the oars in the boat ever did. But his
error was apparent. When Jesus caught him by the hand and lifted him up, He
reprimanded him by saying, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" (vs 31)
If Peter's water-walking act was considered "little faith" then what, pray
tell, is ours? Peter began to sink because he began to doubt. Water rose above
his sandals then to his shins then to his knees then he was threatened with
being swallowed by it. Thank God for grace that grabs us when we're about to go
under. What the passage doesn't say though is how Peter got back to the boat.
Do you suppose Jesus carried him back piggyback or did Peter walk back to the
boat hand in hand with Jesus, water, waves and laws of buoyancy under his feet?
What's over our heads is under His feet but He wants us to step out of the boat
by faith and put all things under our feet as well. Because Peter was
"beginning to sink" it is no excuse that you are not "beginning to stand". The
focus must be clear. Fear must be ignored. Howling winds must not deter the
faith-walk. And if necessary, when you do begin to sink, grab Jesus' hand and
start all over again. But don't dare be one of the other eleven that just sat
there in the boat and watched. You were designed for conquest.