When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.’

Jesus replied, ‘They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.’

’We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,’ they answered.

’Bring them here to me,’ he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later than night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. ‘It’s a ghost,’ they said, and cried out in fear.

But Jesus immediately said to them, ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’

’Lord, if it’s you,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to you on the water.’

’Come,’ he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came towards Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?’

And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’

When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. And when the men of the place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed. - Matthew 14:13-36

The point is that Jesus is inviting us into a life of faith, which makes even the most impossible of situations seem like trivial matters. By living a life that is full of faith, we are able to see God do incredible things through us.

This is a big deal because God has chosen to reveal himself and bring redemption and restoration to this world through us. But the only way he is able to do that is if we truly know who he is and believe he is worth us putting our faith in. If we do not accomplish those two things, then we will never be able to live the live's of faith God is calling us to. Instead, we will remain like Peter, doubting, and sinking beneath the waves, rather than believing, and standing above them at Jesus' side.

So imagine what your life would look like if you lived a faith filled life. How would your life look different? How would your view of God be different? To start making that faith filled life a reality, I want to encourage you to start spending more time with God, whether that's talking/listening to him in prayer, reading from the Bible, or singing worship. Jesus knew exactly who God was, and that was because he spent so much time with him. I would also like to encourage you to be willing to take chances on God. He is worth trusting and will be there for you, just as he was there for Peter.

Hey God, thank you that you have made it possible for us to live faith filled lives just as Jesus did. Please reveal yourself to us in the times that we are seeking after you, so that we can come to know the truth of who you are. And out of knowing who you are, I ask that we would come to trust and believe that you are worth us putting our faith in and taking risks for. But even more, I pray that our faith in you would grow to such a point that we would no longer look at our actions as "taking risks", but instead as creating opportunities for you to move in power. So I ask you to come God. Allow us to know you better and lead us into deeper places of faith in you. Amen.

- Will Goodwin