He said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. – Mathew 14:29
Although Peter gets a lot of bad press regarding this event, because he eventually began sinking in the waves through unbelief, it is as much a lesson in faith as it is in unbelief.
First of all, notice that Peter did not get out of the boat and walk toward Jesus until he was invited by the Lord to do so. This might seem like a small detail, but it is actually critical. Only God knows how many believers are out there today, trying to do the impossible when God has not called them to do so.
While it is absolutely true that with God all things are possible – we cannot expect to walk on water unless God has invited us to do so. We cannot expect to do the impossible unless the impossible is what God is calling us to do.
Also, notice that Peter is the only one out of the boat. No one else dreamed that they could ever walk on water, but Peter knew he could do it if Jesus allowed it.
And perhaps this is the most crucial lesson from Peter’s water-walking experience – the reason he got out of the boat was to go to Jesus! Anything less than that will result in failure. If you are seeking to overcome insurmountable problems out of any motivation other than drawing closer to Jesus, you will fail.
But when Christ calls you to draw near to Him, don’t let anything, or anyone, stand in your way. No wave can sink you, no ocean can drown you … when He is near.