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Why did Jesus walk on the Sea instead of taking the boat?

Jesus and Peter walked on water is a well known and well quoted story in Matt 14:22-33. Yet the points that we can learn from this remain amazingly powerful.

We often focus on the part of the story where Jesus called Peter to walk on water and Peter obeyed at the word of Jesus.

But as we read the story from verse 22 onward, there are more revelations and powerful truths to be revealed.

Jesus was busy ministering to the multitudes and he made the Disciples left on the Boat to go to another place. Then He went on to pray by Himself on the mountain. While He was praying, the disciples' boat was being tossed by strong winds in the middle of the sea and they were afraid. 

So Jesus knowing they were being tossed and were afraid, walked on the sea to His disciples in the fourth watch.

Notice that when Jesus was praying on the mountain he could already see the disciples' boat being tossed about. But He didn't go to them immediately. He only went in the fourth watch.

There is a parallel comparison here. When Lazarus was sick, Jesus did not go to him immediately. Jesus waited for two more days and by the time He came to Lazarus, he had already died and in the tomb for four days. (John 11:6-17)

Why did Jesus not go to Lazarus and His disciples immediately? Why did Jesus not come to answer our prayers immediately?

Just as a good teacher will allow his students room to explore their own solutions, Jesus is a good teacher and He is allowing His disciples opportunities to put their faith to practise.

When we are being spoon fed all the time, we will never learn to use the spoon and feed ourselves. When you keep carrying a baby in your arms because you refuse to let the baby fall, the baby will never learn to walk.

Having faith is easy when things are good. But true faith is trained during moments of crisis. And that is why when you experience crisis and you do not get answers immediately, it is God giving you room to practice to build up your faith. As Rom 5:3 says that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character hope. God is more interested in our character than our comfort.
Do you become afraid and get upset when you face the storms and God has yet to deliver? Or do you rise up in faith and say, God has empowered me and I can pray and command the winds and waves to stop?

Another question comes to mind in this story. Jesus could have taken a boat to go to the disciples' boat. But why did Jesus walk on the sea to them instead?

Jesus did that to let His disciples witness the glory of His divine nature, to demonstrate that what was impossible with men, was possible with God. At the same time, He gave them the opportunity to experience and partake of His divine nature to those who were hungry and willing.

We often remember that Peter walked on water because Jesus called him to "Come". But the verse before that revealed clearly that Peter was the one who caught on Jesus' unspoken invitation to partake of the miracle. Peter was the one who was hungry to experience it. He was the one who initiated and said to Jesus, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 

So when Jesus told him to "Come", it was in response to Peter's request. Despite Peter's hunger, his faith wavered when he took his eyes off Jesus and focused on the boisterous winds which brought him fear and he almost sank. Of course, Jesus wouldn't let him sink. He became the only disciple to experience God's miracle and walked on water.

Every significant achievement or success in the human history takes a person who is willing to defy all odds to act boldly on his or her dreams.

If you want to experience God's supernatural realm of turning the impossible to become possible, you need to be hungry. You need to press in to Jesus. You need to ask of God and then when God gives you the green light, you need to step out and take bold action to obey His commands. And you need to fix your eyes on Jesus so that your faith will not be wavered by the waves and winds on your circumstances.

As you do that, you will experience the miracle of walking on water with Jesus and step into your calling and destiny in Christ! 

Matthew 14:22‭-‬33
22 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. 23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. 24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. 25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” 28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” 31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”

Dear Lord,
I am encouraged by Your word today. I understand that You are more interested in my character development than in my comfort. I thank You for giving me room and opportunities to grow and build up my faith in You. I want to be like Peter, I want to experience the miracle of walking on water with Jesus. Truly what is impossible with men is possible with God. I declare that today is the day that I will experience my miracles and breakthroughs and step into my destiny and calling in You!
In Jesus' name, Amen!

God bless,
Hazel Ashley

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