Today’s Reading: Matthew 14:13-36 (additional reading: Psalm 18:37-50 & Proverbs 4:11-13)
God has entrusted us with so much and has given us so much, we can’t just sit on it…He expects us to take certain ‘risks’ for Him. Zig Ziglar once said that it is risky for a plane to take off, but that is what planes are meant to do, so it’s even riskier for a plane to sit on the ground and rust. It’s risky for us Christians to step out of our comfort zones and attempt the impossible for God, but that’s what we are called to do. We call it stepping out on faith. Now maybe that is easy for you. By nature you are a risk taker, but many of you fall into the category of safety seekers, and that is good, but God calls us on occasion, to step out of our safety zone and take a calculated risk of faith.
In our text, we see it had already been a grueling day. The disciples had been ministering all day and were exhausted. They had just witnessed a miracle where Jesus fed 5,000 people with only 5 loafs of bread and 2 fish, and no doubt it was a day of highs and now as the day came to a close, Jesus sends the disciples away to the other side of the shore as He goes to pray. That should have been easy, after all many of them were fishermen.
There are times in our life when the Lord is going to send us into some storm. So we can grow in our faith and courage, so we can take the next step of faith that the Lord has for us so we can better experience the full and abundant life. Notice that the storm hit when they were already in the middle of the lake. Isn’t that also true for us, too often we can start something but then in the middle when things get hard we want to give up and turn back.
So often we criticise Peter for sinking, but we also need to congratulate him, because he knew something. On a storm sea with Jesus is much safer then being in a boat without Him. Whatever situation you may find yourself in – take a look around – don’t worry about the environment – only check that Jesus is there with you. If He is your in the best place you can be.