DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE
“‘Come,’ [Jesus] said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on
the water and came towards Jesus” (Matthew 14:29 NIV).
Miracles are extraordinary events manifesting divine intervention in
human affairs. They are what we consider impossible. Most of the
miracles are God’s clever responses to impossible situations. It is a
fact that God will not come down from heaven to do any miracle. He
uses people. At times, the people that He uses are the very ones that
the miracles will happen in their lives. This was what happened in the
narrative that was found in Matthew 14:25-33. Two people (Jesus and
Peter) did something that is impossible: walking on water. One may not
be surprised that Jesus walked on water. After all, He is the Lord
over everything. However, for Peter, an ordinary man, to do the
impossible by walking on water he had to do some things that are
worthy of note.
The first thing that Peter did was that he recognized the Lordship of
Jesus (verses 25-28a). Earlier, when the other disciples with Peter
saw Jesus Christ walking on turbulent water at night, they thought
that Jesus was a “ghost.” Jesus had to reassure them that it was He.
Peter later addressed Jesus as “Lord.” Many people also do not
recognize Jesus as the Lord because of the circumstances around them.
The second thing that Peter did was that he took initiative (verse
28b). He saw Jesus doing the impossible, and he took the initiative of
asking Jesus to ask him also to do the same thing. Our heavenly Father
knows what we need, but He wants us to take the initiative of asking
Him for them (see Matthew 6:8). No wonder, Jesus asked Peter to come
to Him after Peter had taken the initiative.
The third thing that Peter did was that he was ready to leave his
comfort zone (that is, the comfort of the boat) (verse 29a). In spite
of the fact that the boat was been buffeted by the waves, it was safer
to be in the boat than to be out of the boat on the water.
Psychologically, leaving the other disciples behind in the boat would
have been a problem for Peter, but he did not consider that. Anyone
that will do the impossible will be ready to leave his/her comfort
zone regardless of anything that might cost him/her. Such a person
will not be satisfied with the average situation he/she finds
Are you ready to do the impossible of walking on the trouble water of
your life? Then be ready to do these three highlighted things. More of
what Peter did to do the impossible will be highlighted next week.
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will
have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted
in my body, whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST
AND TO DIE IS GAIN (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).