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Dare to Walk on Water

“Matthew 14:25-33 NASB”

Life has this knack for throwing unexpected challenges our way, making us feel like we're treading water. You know those moments when we can't see the beginning or the end, and we're just floating in uncertainty, hoping for a heavenly miracle. Recently, I had an incredible conversation with a friend who perfectly described that feeling. It got me thinking, and I decided to dive into Matthew 14:25-33, where Jesus and Peter had their epic walk on water.

Now, I've heard this story preached in so many ways, especially focusing on the importance of keeping our eyes on God. But today, let's zoom in on the sheer courage it took for Peter to step out of that boat. Specifically, let's talk about the time of night.

Picture this: It's the fourth watch of the night, which is from 3 AM to 6 AM. Hold up, why is this important? Well, let me tell you. The third watch of the night, from midnight to 3 AM, is said to be the most intense, demonic time. Some even call it the "witching hours" or the peak of spiritual warfare. So, when you enter the fourth watch, you've officially survived the worst part of the night.

That's exactly where Peter and the other disciples found themselves when they spotted Jesus walking on water. At first, they thought he was a ghost! But Jesus told them to take courage and not be afraid. That's when Peter, bold as ever, spoke up and asked Jesus to call him out onto the water. And guess what? Jesus said, "Come!" So, Peter took a leap of faith and actually walked on water!

Let's take a moment to grasp the situation here. It's pitch dark outside, they're in the middle of the sea, fresh out of the scariest part of the night, and they see what they believe to be a ghost. And this figure tells Peter not to be afraid and to come out on the water. Now, let's be real—who in their right mind would actually get out of that boat? I mean, I can think of at least ten other ways Jesus could have proven he wasn't a ghost without risking someone's life. But here's why this story is mind-blowing: Peter was both radical and confident, with an extraordinary amount of faith.

Peter didn't let the time of night stop him. He didn't let his location stop him. He didn't let any doubt or uncertainty hold him back. The truth is, you can't truly exercise courage unless there's some fear or uncertainty present. Peter didn't allow his circumstances to dictate his trust in God. He dared to have faith and stepped out without making excuses. Yes, he did take his eyes off Jesus for a moment, showing that we all stumble in our faith journey at times. But he quickly called out to Jesus because he had faith that Jesus would save him.

Now, here's the gem I want to share with you: Dare to walk on water. Don't let your circumstances manipulate your faith. This is an opportunity to strengthen your faith. The Scripture reminds us that without faith, it's IMPOSSIBLE to please God (Hebrews 11:6 NASB). Every time your faith is tested, it's a chance to walk on water—an opportunity to bring joy to God's heart. The rest of Hebrews 11:6 says, "for the one who comes to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him." (NASB)

So, let's take inspiration from Peter's daring act. Don't let the dark times or the unknowns hold you back. Step out in faith, trusting that God will be there to catch you when you stumble. Embrace the adventure of walking on water and remember, your faith can move mountains and please the very heart of God. So, go ahead and take that leap. You never know what incredible things await you on the other side of the boat!

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