Tuesday 1st December 2020 Devotion
Scripture:- Matthew 14:29
Topic:- You Can Walk On The Water Too 
Text:- Matthew 14:29
If we are to truly invest our hearts and base our lives on Scripture, it has to be more than a story to us.
I have to have a baseline for my life. Without it, I have no solid foundation from which to live, love, question, doubt, believe.
Walking on water has become a catchphrase and convenient superpower for our contrived heroes.
It’s right up there with flying carpets and Superman.
We don’t understand it. We can’t necessarily prove it, so we label it a useful myth. No wonder we have such a defective faith mechanism.
If we shelve the examples and events that occur in the Bible alongside Marvel superheroes, we are removing the credibility of our one unshakable eternal foundation.
As Christians, we’ve been taught about the miracle of Jesus walking on water.
It’s a great VBS story and contains some good memory verses, but how often do you sit down and soak in and ponder this miracle?
A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water. And they were frightened.
But He said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” See John 6:18-20.
These guys were three or four miles out to sea. MILES! And out of the darkness, a figure emerges walking on the waves.
A Man they work with, walk with, live with is defying all that they understand about the physical world. Who wouldn’t be astounded?
The Disciples weren’t just surprised or caught off guard. They were terrified! They didn’t even recognize the figure to be Jesus until He addressed them.
To add another dimension to all of this, scroll back a few verses. The disciples were in the boat in the first place because they were leaving the gathering where Jesus fed five thousand people.
Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there).
Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. See John 6:10-11.
That’s right. The feeding of the five thousand is one of Jesus’ most profound and talked about miracles.
The Disciples were there! They saw the little boy’s loaves and fishes. They saw the hungry throng. They even carried the baskets to collect the leftovers.
Despite it all, however, they couldn’t wrap their head around the possibility that Jesus could be striding towards their boat. Take that in.
These men were privy to practically every miracle Jesus performed here on earth. Yet when it came down to fear or belief, their humanity won out… with a minor exception.
“Lord, if it’s You,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to You on the water.” “Come,” He said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. See Matthew 14:28-29.
When I think of all these miracles and the way Jesus lived with such humanity in His time on earth, I easily disconnect my life, my generation, my person hood from this other world that exists in Scripture.
However, because our God was fully God and fully man, I realize I have to decide every day to believe that what seems impossible, isn’t.
The best way I’ve found to go about it is to put myself there. I pray for an open heart and focus on the details of the text until I can see myself in the story. I try to connect the intangible with the tangible.
So join me, and Peter, for a moment. Even if you don’t buy the story precisely as Scripture has recorded it, let’s suspend reality for a bit.
Press pause, and allow yourself to believe that Jesus did, in fact, walk on water.
Believe also that Peter got out of the boat and for just a moment had the faith to meet Jesus on the waves.
Better yet, think about the last time you were at the beach.
Do you remember the sound of the waves? The salt in the air? Was your skin sunburned? Were you thirsty?
Remember the sting of the wind and that ever-present sense of sand that annoys you until you make it back home to a real shower in a building not sitting on a beach.
Or have you been on a boat in rocky seas? How did the pitch and yaw of the ship make you feel? Were you nauseated? Seasick? Did you wish that you were anywhere else?
Think on all that. And for a minute, close your eyes, breathe deeply, and let that scenario play out in your head.
Where did you go? Were you on the ocean? What did you smell? Who was with you? Make it personal. Make it your own.
Now, go back there and imagine Jesus standing before you — walking to you on the waves, while the storm continues to rage, waving to you to get out of the boat.
What do you do? Is this just too incredulous or unbelievable to begin to accept?
Are your eyes playing tricks on you? Are you suddenly suffering from some psychological breakdown? Can you let yourself believe that it is real?
And yet, it is. Your Messiah is calling you to leave safety and join Him in the chaos on the waves.
Prayer Point:- Oh Lord God, help me to walk over the sea in my life by fire, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Happy New Month!