Walking on Water

(Derived from Matthew 14:22-33)


Imagine the disciples of Jesus, as they fought the rough waters of the Sea of Galilee. It was about 3:00 AM. They left their toil to see a seeming specter, something that frightened them. The Master said, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” Peter challenged, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” Jesus said, “Come”, and Peter walked on the water. There was Peter, doing the impossible, the unnatural. It was real. Yet many things collaborated to convince him otherwise. The boisterous wind, the waves beneath his feet, the fear of death, the impossible, and the unnatural all joined in chorus to tell him how powerful they were, and Peter being afraid, began to sink. Then the reality of imminent death overshadowed these voices and compelled him to look for life. The Master was still standing. “Lord, save me!”, cried Peter. “..immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him and said to him, ‘Oh you of little faith, why did you doubt?’ “ There was not a lot of comfort in those words. At this point in time, Peter didn’t need consolation, he needed to think soberly. He had approached the power of the universe, [in Jesus “..all things consist” (Colossians 1:17)] and he allowed himself to be diverted. Peter was ready to listen. It was comfort enough to be alive. Jesus had lifted Peter out of his doubt and fear, a far greater feat than enabling him to walk on the water.

Water can only drown us, whereas doubt and fear can kill both body and soul. The issues of the soul are deeper than the Sea of Galilee.

The church of Christ meeting at 9th & Krauss, Eldon, MO. joins with others throughout the world to invite you to walk on the water. The elements of doubt and fear surround mankind, and like the boisterous wind, their effects have touched all, spurring humanity to conclusions of despair. As a result, people lie, kill, live for pleasure, walk in pride, fornicate, abuse drugs alcohol & other people. Every one reading can add to this list of wrong. We feel the madness and contribute to it. But within the hearts of many there is a desire to be free from this. Jesus understands our problems with sin more than any other man. He bore unto death the pressure of sin and has conquered all. He now lives to make intercession for us, to bring us out of doubt and fear. His words still speak, “Come to Me , all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) Some circumstances in life cannot readily change, but the way we live amidst them can change. The chorus of despair ever shouts; “You cannot make it!” But the Lord is still here to pull you to safety. Be like Peter, and yearn to live. Don’t be cowed into accepting the seeming inevitable.

If you want to talk about this, or any issue of the soul, look us up or correspond with us. Above all, look to the Master, Jesus of Nazareth, take His words to heart, and follow them. Like icy water on a tired face, let Him brace you with the words of life.

Louis Garbi


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