Matthew 14:22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. 23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. 24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. 27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? 32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. 33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshiped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
Peter was given one word from Jesus, “come” and he stepped out on one word. Peter had only one word as he faced the wind, waves, and the chatter of those in the boat. He didn’t need a whole sermon. One word is enough to cause us to: stand in a storm; endure hardship; be sustained in famine; encourage us in a down time; and quench our thirst in a drought. Notice Peter began to walk on the water before he got his eyes off the Word and began to sink. We often hear criticism of Peter for getting into fear and not trusting in the Word but we should commend him for getting out of the boat. So many today use their faith to remove risk from their life and seek out comfort and security. They negatively only equate risk with possible loss instead of possible gain. Sometimes we miss opportunities to use our faith due to thinking faith is always comfortable and convenient.
Peter had to deal with what was not comfortable and no support system around him. Our flesh gets uncomfortable because it looks for support. Stepping out on a Word always involves what is uncomfortable to the flesh. He may not have felt right about it but he had a Word for it. Faith is not proven when we have all the support, stuff is working, and all is producing. Read Hebrews 11, those people had faith in trying circumstances and often when no support was there.
I would rather fail in an attempt to obey God rather than play it safe and never risk anything. I would rather fail in what God made (the water) than stay safe in what man made (the boat). Personally, I would rather be a wet water walker (like Peter) than a dry boat rider (like the other disciples). We tend to view risk negatively and opt out for comfort and safety. We should view risk not as liable to loss or harm but as possible gain and reward. We should not be afraid to take a risk. Risk means a chance to claim victory and victory means celebration. Risk doesn’t make life difficult; it makes it worthwhile. There is no victory or celebration in playing it safe.
If you are a Word-carrying Believer, you can never go down and slip out of His sight. Jeremiah 1:12 says, “Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten (watch over)my word to perform it.” God is alert to; is on the lookout for; watches over; is committed to; and married to His Word. The Word assures you of the attention of God.