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"Relationship Faith"

Date published: 01/22/2011

Matthew 14:28 “‘Lord, if it's You,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to You on the water.’” (NIV)

Do you get the sense in reading this Scripture that Peter knows Jesus intimately?  Peter is not questioning Jesus’ credentials or His ability to do the impossible – he just wanted to be certain it was Jesus.  It was late at night and there was probably fog on the water; Peter could not be certain it was Jesus.  Peter not only felt the impossible was about to happen, but he also wanted to know it was his Lord before stepping out of the boat!  Is that not the way it often is with you?  When you are confronted with a difficult decision, you start to question whether you are clearly hearing God.  Peter’s doubts did not cause him to start asking the others in the boat what they thought – it caused him to ask Jesus for confirmation.  Often our responses to God’s calling are to find clarification with others instead of more fervently pursuing God.  Peter went back to Jesus to which Jesus replied, “Come.” That was all Peter needed. Peter immediately left the boat to go to Jesus by walking on the water.  There are three components of Peter’s faith in this verse: 1) Peter’s faith did not question Christ’s ability, because he knew Christ.  Are you ordering your life to know Jesus and His voice? Lamentations 3:22 says, “Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.”  2) When Peter’s direction was foggy, he did not go elsewhere for direction but back to Jesus for clarification.  Peter believed that God was more than able to assure him of what to do.  Psalm 32:8 says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.”  3) Finally was Peter’s obedience.  Peter knew Jesus. His decision to obey Jesus was settled long before this incident.  Peter obeyed believing that his obedience would bring God’s best.  John 14:21 says, “Whoever has My commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves Me.  He who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him."  All three aspects of faith were fed and grown through Peter’s relationship with Jesus.  Are you building your relationship with Jesus in prayer and time in the Word so that your walk of faith is filled with confidence and greater direction?

2 Corinthians 2:14 “But thanks be to God, Who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.” (NIV)