It’s not easy to claim that you have the victory when the bills start stacking up, or when you’re told you no longer have a job, or when the doctor delivers his diagnosis, or when your spouse looks you in the eye and tells you that they no longer love you.
It’s especially not easy to trust in God’s promises and to believe that you have victory when you know that you’ve had a role to play in the situation in which you now find yourself. You know you should have managed your finances better, you could have worked harder, you haven’t looked after your health as well as you should have and you know that you haven’t always been the spouse that God has called you to be. And yet the Word of God tells us that as believers, we have the victory in every single circumstance. Romans 8:37 says that in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. That victory is not dependent on our perfection, but on the perfection of the One who paid the price and won the victory on our behalf.
I keep coming back to the story of Peter walking on water because it tells me so much about the nature of God and His kingdom. As a believer, I long for the supernatural touch of God. I long to see His power made manifest. I long to see signs and wonders, but I kid myself into believing that I might experience them from the safety of the boat. It’s foolishness on my part, because of course Peter had to leave the comfort and safety of the boat, stepping out in faith to the Presence of Jesus to experience the miracle.
The thing about this story that I find so comforting is that even Peter lost focus. Even Peter messed up. He was in the Presence of God, experiencing the miraculous when he noticed the wind and got scared and began to sink. I can relate to that. I can relate to making poor decisions and having to face the circumstances. But what comfort to see that because this happened in the Presence of Jesus, Jesus held out His hand and lifted him right up.
That is why we can say with confidence, no matter what storm is upon us and no matter how we, ourselves, have messed up, that we are more than conquerors through Him that loves us.