Worship with Us This Sunday - 10:15 a.m.
Who in their right mind would jump out of a boat? Sure were we needing to cool off from a hot day of fishing, we just might jump in for a swim. Yes, in order to prepare to ski or tube we would surely jump in. But, in the wee hours of the morning with not so much as a flashlight would you really? Add in the event that you would consider walking on water and not swimming, how would that work for you?
We have a set of beliefs that make the thought of walking on water outside the pale. Water, after all, is not a solid. Stepping out onto it would mean "sinking." We may not drown but we certainly could not stand. Regardless of your size, human buoyancy only means we could float not walk. These right beliefs function to inform our actions. So, given the reality we cannot walk on water, what would possess Peter to jump out of the boat and attempt to walk.
Could it be Peter was more interested in believing in the right way. He saw Jesus and trust meant that despite his right beliefs it was right to follow him out on the water. Peter believed in the right way. His actions demonstrated a relational trust that transcended his understanding of physics.
Yes, Peter eventually did what the rest of us do. He looked around and believed what he saw and it overtook his believing in the right way. In no way does this illustration mean right beliefs are not important. But, it does mean that believing in the right way places primacy on the relationship with Jesus as the pattern for life rather than my conceptual framework of the way the world is. Jesus challenged Peter’s understanding of the way the world is. And, for a few moments Peter saw it Jesus’ way.
For the next number of years, I would suspect Peter would surely be looking to re-assert believing in the right way as his norm. His relationship with Jesus continued to work to undermine Peter’s "right beliefs" and bring them into conformity with believing in the right way – the Jesus way.