Following After Jesus


Matthew 14:25, 28-29

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 

 The wind storms on the Sea of Galilee are well known. One could begin their journey on a calm sea and within thirty minutes be fighting for their life as heavy waves roll over the bow and stern of their boat. This is what was happening to the disciples as they struggled to cross the large lake. And then they see Jesus walking on the water.

What would you have thought if you saw your teacher, your rabbi walking on water? First, I would have thought I was seeing things in the dark that weren’t there, then I would have quaked with fear, wondering what exactly I was looking at. Peter must have felt the same, for he calls out “If it is you, tell me to come to you on the water”.  What an incredibly crazy thing to say!  Why would Peter even think to say that?  He could barely believe he was seeing Jesus walk on water let alone think he could walk on water himself!  But Peter was Jesus’ disciple, and disciples followed in their rabbis’ footsteps.

Peter wanted to be like his rabbi, to do what Jesus did, and he knew Jesus expected it of him.  So, he stepped out of the boat and began to walk on the water to Jesus, but the fierce wind and rolling waves began to draw his attention away from His Savior and he began to sink, crying out, “Lord save me”.  Immediately Jesus was there and reached out His hand to catch him, saying “why did you doubt”.  Don’t be double minded Peter, believe and don’t doubt.

I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I want to follow in His footsteps and do what He does, even when the situation seems impossible. Jesus is calling me to step out of the boat and follow Him, to believe and not doubt.  He wants me to keep my eyes on Him and not on the turbulent situation around me, and to remember if I do begin to sink all I have to do is call out to Him.  He is right there, ready to rescue me.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, teach me to trust You more.  Give me the courage to step out of  my safety zone and follow you into stormy waters.  Forgive me for my disbelief and help me to not be double minded. Thank you for being my Savior. I love You Lord. Amen.

Published by Linda Colby

Linda has been a Bible teacher in a national women's ministry for the past 14 years, overseeing and leading women of all ages and their children in their pursuit of growing in the knowledge and understanding of the Word and deepening their relationships in Jesus Christ. She is now involved with the new ministry “The Encouraging Word”. She has a Masters in Bible and Theology from Western Seminary and works with a team to write Bible studies that will encourage, teach, counsel and grow men and women in relationship to God and to one another.

2 thoughts on “Following After Jesus

  1. Needed this reminder…. if I keep my eyes on Him, not on the storm around me, I have no fear, no doubt, no anxiety… only true Hope, Trust, and belief that God has got this…..

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  2. Amen to both Marlene and Linda. I once heard it put this way, ” If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat.” Let us lose our fear and walk on our turbulent water to Jesus. Blessings, Susan

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