The disciples were with Him on the day He multiplied five loaves and two fish to feed the multitude that wanted His attention – representing thousands of people that must have benefitted from just that one miracle.
From the perspective of the multitude, Jesus had become God’s superstar who was capable of doing anything as long as it proceeded from the celestial and beyond terrestrial…He was tagged “the One who came from God”.
Peter and the other Apostles were pressurized into catching the next boat to the place called “the other side”, while Jesus went onto the mountain to pray. They couldn’t continue to bask in the miracle that had just happened because it was already in the past and more so they had to be prepared for the tasks ahead.
They got on the boat and as life (the challenges that we’ve experienced or currently experiencing) would have it, the wind had blown the boat towards the middle of the sea – Jesus was still on the mountain praying.
Could this be the next task, lesson and experience?
Jesus concluded on His prayers and headed up to meet His disciples; He couldn’t be held back by any form of terrestrial law or regulation – He began to walk on water towards the disciples.
One would have expected the disciples to remain and express some form of confidence especially after their experience with the miracle they had just witnessed, but no, they screamed and yelled about seeing a GHOST and they almost threw themselves into the sea but for the soothing words of Jesus who said, “Be of good cheer, its me, don’t be afraid”…and there was absolute calmness in the boat.
The amazing thing is that none of them thought about the fact that the GHOST could be their Master. Of course they never thought the one who could multiply five loaves and two fish so that the multitude could feed, could also walk on water.
Is it possible for a human being to see a GHOST? The so many ideas, speculations and conjectures we devise in the name of prayers! We formulate ideas and associate everything we perceive as “negative” to the evil world, such that we fail to understand that God is still in control and every attempt to summon our confidence in Him fails at the sight of all our wrong perceptions, speculations and ideas.
When we are supposed to have confidence in Him, our situations, circumstances and environment presents a stronger reason why we shouldn’t put our trust in Him and we then begin to exaggerate our circumstances – we pretend to see ghosts when the situation spells something different.
Just before the conclusion of the grave mistake they made, Peter screamed, “Master, if this is you, ask me to come to you walking on water”. They couldn’t wait to take all in and here comes another one. Jesus commanded Peter to come towards Him and again this WIND started to blow. The same WIND that tossed the boat towards the middle of the sea.
Again Peter failed to muster up some confidence even about the person who gave him the command but was rather overwhelmed by the WIND (his situation or circumstance). The WIND seemed to have spelt doom, disaster and death to the mind of Peter and immediately he forgot about Jesus who was still standing on the same water that Peter started to sink in.
Obviously, the first episode wasn’t enough for Peter that he had to miss on it a second time. Jesus reached out to pick Him up from sinking which could have ended his precious life and they both walked together on that same water, with the wind still blustering.
Jesus pulled Peter aside to tell him what He felt was wrong with Peter. It was a lack of confidence in the person of Jesus; we call it pressure from the so many circumstances and situation even though we believe in God. We tend to put final thoughts to the so many challenges we go through only to find out that at the turn of events, we were wrong in our judgments, ideas and speculations. Hence, it is important that our belief has to gravitate towards an absolute confidence in His sovereignty.
This writing is not to beat-down Peter or any of the disciples but to learn some truths about our God and us as human beings. Just like Peter, the Church has been caught in the same web of distrust and a lack of confidence in this same God. The idea behind the two episodes was that each time something was going to happen or is happening, the WIND was also present carrying out its task.
Our perspective about the WIND matters especially when we are faced with the so many problems and tragedies of life today. The WIND is no reason to speculate or try to put final thoughts about it but to trust and have confidence in the sovereignty of God and Him having absolute control over all He has created without fail.
Like Peter, we are the problem…our thoughts about God are continually worldly and never spiritual. His thoughts would always be far from ours and the onus is on us to bridge the gap between where we are now as human beings and where God would have us be. This can only happen through the vehicle of the Word of God. The Word of God helps us to understand the Person of God, different from any human being, government or any human orchestration.
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before His eyes, and He is the One to whom we are accountable.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts”
“I once lived where my neighbour’s garden was only divided from me by a very imperfect hedge. He kept a dog, and his dog was a shockingly bad gardener, and did not improve my beds. So one evening, while I walked alone, I saw this dog doing mischief, and being a long way off I threw a stick at him, with some earnest advice as to his going home. This dog, instead of going home, picked up my stick and came to me with it in his mouth, wagging his tail. He dropped the stick at my feet, and looked up to me most kindly. What could I do but pat him and call him a good dog, and regret that I had ever spoken roughly to him? Why, it brings tears to my eyes as I talk about it! The dog mastered me by his trust in me. The illustration is to the point. If thou wilt trust God as that dog trusted me, thou wilt overcome” – C.H Spurgeon
Keep it right here and be refreshed!