Courageous Request

The gospels of Matthew, Mark and John all record the story of Jesus walking on water. But Matthew records and incident that the others do not. In Matthew 14: 28-31, Peter says to Jesus, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” ESV

I don’t know about you but that’s a pretty audacious request! Here the apostles are on a boat, in the middle of a storm, terrified because they think they’ve seen a ghost who speaks to them and says, don’t be afraid it’s me Jesus (my paraphrase) and Peter says that

Here’s a question that popped into my head while I was thinking about this. What did Peter expect Jesus to say? “No, no Peter that’s okay! You just stay right there and I’ll walk on over to you.” I don’t know but if he was thinking something else then he got a surprise when Jesus tells him to step out of the boat. But apparently when Peter heard that he didn’t hesitate and got out of the boat and started walking on the water.

Here’s another question that came to mind. How often do we make requests to God for courage to go serve him in some way with no intention of doing that? I’ve said it before and I hate sounding like a broken record sometimes but it never hurts to hear things more than once, that we need to make sure that if we ask God to call us to do something that we have the courage to step out of the boat so to speak. If you’re not willing to take a risk or be uncomfortable then don’t ask God to send you that opportunity!

I have no doubt that the apostles never forgot this incident. It most likely shook up their faith in a very good way. Peter asked Jesus to call him, Jesus did and Peter responded with action. Are you willing to do the same?

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