The “thoughts” I share with you today originally came to mind during a mission trip to the Navajo Reservation in Arizona / New Mexico. While there, I sensed a spirit of overwhelming powerlessness in the people. In exchange for peace, the US government promised the Navajo that all of their needs will forever be met. Some say the we’ve been too successful in our promise, breaking the spirit of the Navajo, eroding their sense of self-empowerment, relegating their sense of creativity to artworks that they can sell to tourists. They live, by and large, in relative poverty, learning to rely on the government for food, shelter and education, and make little effort at self-advancement. It is a culture of survival – “existence” rather than “truly living.”
25 During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
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. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
When we study this passage, we typically speak about faith – keeping your eyes on Jesus. We say, “If only Peter would have kept his eyes on Jesus, he would not have sunk!” And, it’s true. But, I think we miss a pretty huge point:
Peter walked on water. Peter, a mere mortal man, walked on water.
The same power that Jesus wields can be ours. This is hard to fathom, hard to grasp – yet, Peter walked on water.
My spirit welled-up within me as I tried to get that message across to my Navajo friends during my short devotional.
My spirit now wells-up within me as I try to get this message across to you – the power of the Almighty lives in you.
Nothing you face today has the power to destroy you.
You are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). Death has lost it’s sting (1 Corinthians 15:54-56). Do you believe it?
Video inspiration – the chorus from Hillsong United “You Are Here:”