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The Key to Walking on Water

Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water."

"Come," he said.

Matthew 14:28-29 (NIV)


Everyone knows the story of Peter walking on water. Some judge him for taking his eyes off Jesus, and others give him credit for at least walking on water. No matter which side of the discussion you are on, I am sure you would probably like to experience walking on water, especially if you knew that you would be safe next to Jesus.


Over the past few weeks, I have felt a bit overwhelmed by my challenges and the number of responsibilities on my plate. Praying about it, I heard the Lord say, "Don't be distracted by what is being thrown at you. Keep your eyes on me."


That, my friends, is the key to walking on water. The waves did not make Peter sink. What sank him was that he paid attention to the wind, and he took his eyes off Jesus. Let me break this down a bit for you. It is easy for God to break the laws of nature. Wind, high waves, or even a storm were nothing to Jesus. The problem was Peter's lack of focus.


Our challenges or trials are nothing to God. He is the God of the impossible. Cancer is no match for Jehovah Rapha, our Healer. The loss of a job is nothing serious for Jehovah Jireh, our Provider. Nothing is hard for the God who parted the waters and dried up the land so that a whole nation could cross the Jordan.


We can conquer anything if we keep our eyes on Jesus amid our trials. The times we live in are dark. Who knows, one of these days you might have to walk on water. Peter did it, and if the noise of our tests and the pressure of our challenges do not distract us, we can too. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus!




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