Walking on Water

John 6: 16-21
Acts 6:1-7 / Psa 33

“It is I. Do not be afraid.”
(John 6:20)

When troubles bring us to the brink
Of despair,
And we begin to think
Life’s unfair;
But just before we sink
God is there…
There was no need to fear.

When evening came, His disciples went down to the lake, where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. When they had rowed three or three and a half miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were terrified. But He said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” They wanted to take Him into the boat, but the boat immediately arrived at the shore where they were heading. (John 6:16-21)


It was starting to get dark and the disciples decided to leave without their Master. They got into their boat for Capernaum. Three miles from shore strong winds came up, striking fear into their hearts. And then from out of nowhere, Jesus came, walking on the water. All the more they were thrown into frightened confusion, because they thought He was a ghost. And as calmly as if He was just taking a stroll in the park, the Lord stilled their fears. “It is I. Do not be afraid.”

Some people walk on fire in the power of faith. Such was the case of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the Book of Daniel (3:24), who were thrown into a blazing furnace by King Nebuchadnezzar’s soldiers for refusing to worship a golden statue. Their faith in Almighty God protected them from the flames, and proved to the powerful king that the God of the Israelites was the one true God.

Jesus walked on the water not for show, or to prove the power of His faith, or even to prove that He was the Messiah. He had already shown His disciples His divine power in the multiplication of the bread and fish. He walked on the water to open their eyes to the wonders that awaited them, once they had taken up their own crosses to imitate Him, and become like Him in their own faith in God. Simon Peter was the first to test his faith (Mt.14:29), but his faith was short-lived, and he began to sink. “You will do greater things than this,” Jesus once told His apostles. Another time, He assured them, saying, “If you had faith and did not doubt, you can say to that mountain: ‘Go and throw yourself into the sea!’ and it would be done. Whatever you ask for in prayer full of faith, you will receive.” (Matthew 21:21-22)

How fortunate we are in the renewal that our faith is continuously being fortified by the little miracles that are shared with us in the lives of our brothers and sisters. Whatever storms may come our way, we believe — because we have heard it countless times before — that our Lord is there to assure us that we will not sink, because He is real, not just an illusion or some figment of the imagination. We are no longer afraid.

Let me walk with You, Lord. Teach me not to fear. Though in my faith I’m still a child, I believe that Your Spirit will grow in me, and I will soon walk in Your ways. Walk with me always that I may learn to be brave and faith-full. Amen.

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