How You, Too, Can Walk On Water by Gary Ellis

Everyone experiences storms in their lives.  You may be experiencing a major tumult right now.  The good news:  You, too, can walk on water like Peter!

Did you know that the boat Peter stepped out of was full of water?

In my opinion, the church world, in general, has devoted far too much energy on the subject of “keeping their boats afloat.”  They’ve been putting too much emphasis on how people can and should deal with the water that’s in their own individual boats…how they can conquer their own boat water.

Peter was in the same boat.  They were all sinking together.  However, when Peter saw Jesus, his response was different.  He called to Jesus (whom he loved).  He said, “Jesus please call me to come to you.”  Jesus responded,

How can you walk on water like Peter?  Do what Peter did.  Fix your attention on Jesus and respond to His word.  Then…

Get Out Of The Boat!

The “boat” represents what we trust.  It signifies the things and attitudes that we cling to for survival.

It’s very important that we look to Jesus and not impulsively make changes in our lives.   However, when He responds in a way that doesn’t seem to make natural sense, we in faith and trust respond to Him and step over the edge of the boat and walk toward Jesus.  That’s when the miracles begin to happen…not before.

At one point, Peter began looking at the natural circumstances.  He probably began to reason, “Hey dumbo!  What do you thing you’re doing?”

Walking on water broke every logical, reasonable law of nature.  Peter began to sink…but, Jesus caught Him.  He didn’t let Peter sink out of sight.

The anointing for miracles is always present in the presence of Jesus.  But, we have to get out of the boat.  Getting out of the boat didn’t make the waves immediately subside.  Yours may not either.  But, fix your hope on Jesus and keep walking.

Every disciple in the boat with Peter could have walked away from the boat and into the arms of Jesus.  There was nothing special and selective about God’s favor on Peter.  Peter experienced the power of God…AFTER…he got out of the boat in response to his Master.

Life as you know it is full of miraculous potential.  But, miracles respond to human choices.





  • Theo

    Good message, worth thinking over an putting it into practice. Question: where do you find that the boat was already full of water? Probably an assumption (because of the severe storm) but the Bible does not speak about it.

  • Gary

    Theo…you’re right. The Bible doesn’t directly say that. It’s an assumption because of the severity of the storm. The point that I was drawn to as I was pondering the story was the reluctance of the disciples to leave the boat. Of course, the idea of “trying to keep one’s boat afloat” doesn’t necessarily mean that it was literally full of water. It’s more the principle. It probably would have been better if I had expressed that idea than implying unprovable liberality. Thanks.