25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.
27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, [c]“Be of good cheer![d]It is I; do not be afraid.”
28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
Imagine seeing a figure walking on the water at night and the waves are rough, now that would be a terrifying sight to behold. It’s no wonder the disciples were gripped with fear. When we are met with uncertainty or situations we cannot explain or understand then fear kicks in. Someone said that fear is faith in the reverse. It is to believe that the very worst will come to pass. As Job says, “The thing I feared the most has happened to me.” The thing about fear is that it cripples you. Look at the 11 disciples who were stuck in the boat. Even after Jesus says come, it is only Peter who has the boldness to jump out of the boat.
To overcome fear, we must believe the word of the Lord more than what we see in the natural. Peter believed he would walk on water when Jesus said come. This faith has to be followed by action. Just like Peter we must be willing to jump out of our comfort zone into the unknown. Many of us are afraid to jump because we are focused on the storm and not the word of the Lord. We must have the faith to believe that God is able to do what He says He will do. The moment Peter shifted his focus from Jesus and back to the waves, then he started sinking.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
We have already been given a Spirit of power love and a sound mind. The Spirit of God already lives in us. Like Gideon we have to muster the courage to step out and become that which God has called us to be. The future should not scare us also because the uncertainty of the future is another fear that cripples many people. Have the confidence that the God you serve is already present in your future and nothing catches Him by surprise.
Arise in faith oh mighty man/ woman of valor. The very storm that was threatening your life will be the very surface you will walk on.