Walking on Water

Matthew 14: 22-33
Acts 28:11-16 20,30-31/ Ps 98

“Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.”
(Matthew 14:28)

Whatever storms may come my way,
Lord, in Your Word I shall abide;
Though in the middle of the fray
I shall walk calmly by your side.

Jesus told His disciples to get into the boat and go on ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowd. Afterwards, He went up on a mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Peter said, “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.” Jesus said, “Come.” Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” He said, “why did you doubt?” They climbed into the boat, and the wind died down. (Matthew 14:22-33)

Reflection

“If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat.” An opportunity comes when we are asked to step out of our comfort zone to brave the winds and waves of the unknown. A friend made that bold decision when he decided to leave a high-paying job and invest in an agricultural business that was not only a great distance from home, but even farther in nature from his former line of work. This devoted husband and his wife are members of our community, and they had prayed to God to find a better livelihood than his job in the casino where he had been employed for more than 20 years. Their prayers were answered when the biggest poultry raiser in the country gave them a contract to produce eggs for broiler chickens. It was a leap of faith, like walking on water, when the couple realized that his retirement pay and their savings were too small for the required capital investment involved. But with eyes fixed on the Lord’s promise, he forged ahead, and found the Lord’s helping hand in some kind brothers’ financial assistance, and the timely approval of a bank loan. He “walked on water” and the Lord finally brought him on board.

Storms in our lives can also come in the form of harassments from the devil, who tries to subvert God’s will in our lives. St. Paul said, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

Sometimes we get so immersed in material concerns that we forget our spiritual nature. The prince of lies’s grand scheme is to get us so focused on our problems and anxieties that we no longer have time to pray, which is the most effective weapon against fear. Prayer will give us the assurance that we have the strength to overcome anything through Jesus Who empowers us (Phil.4:13). Prayer works for those who firmly believe and submit to God’s will. Submitting to His will means trusting that whatever comes is according to His love and divine purpose. The situation only becomes difficult when doubts arise to erode our faith and trust in Jesus. As long as we hold fast to a strong trust in the Lord, no harm can befall us; the storm will eventually pass; and when we reach calm waters, we will realize that we have become stronger because of it.

We put our trust in Your strong arm, Lord, as we firmly believe You will never allow us to sink in any storm because we are your faithful fishers of men. Amen.

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