Today’s Reading: Matthew 14
Key Verses: “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 toward Jesus. Matthew 14:28-29
God has entrusted us with so much and has given us so much. He expects us to walk in faith and take what would otherwise be considered ‘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 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 us fall into the category of safety seekers, and that is good most of the time, but God calls us on occasion, to step out of our safety zone and take steps of faith.
In Matthew 14, we see it had already been a gruelling day for Jesus and the disciples. They had been ministering all day and were exhausted. They had just witnessed a miracle where Jesus fed 5,000 people with only five loaves of bread and two fish, and no doubt it was a day of miracles and now as the day came to a close, Jesus sends the disciples over to the other side of the shore while He goes away alone to pray. The task should have been easy after all many of them were fishermen, they were used to crossing the sea.
However, then comes the storm and there are times in our life when Jesus is going to send us into some storm, so we can grow in our faith and courage and take the next step of faith that He 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 stormy sea with Jesus is much safer than being in a boat without Him. Whatever situation you may find yourself in – take a look around – don’t worry focus on your environment but fix your eyes on Jesus. If He with you, you are in the best place you can possibly be.