Are you ready to get out of the boat??
In the book of Matthew chapter 14, verses 25 – 33 we read the account of when Peter stepped out of the boat and walked to the Lord on water. Here it is for your review:
“And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea. When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and *said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “You are certainly God’s Son!” (NASB)
Have you ever asked the Lord for something and then when the Lord says “come”, do you begin to doubt? There are times when I am faced with a particular challenge and I think about Peter. I want to step out of the boat but fears take hold, just like when Peter felt the wind and fear caused him to get his eyes off Jesus.
It is hard to leave the familiar, even if we don’t like it. But we can, by His grace, get out of the boat!!
My prayer for you andmeI is that Holy Spirit will bless us with an increase of faith and trust in the Lord our God. That we will develop a God-sized expectation for our future. That we will allow God to speak to us, invade our space and order our steps, even if it means stepping out of the familiar and into the unknown.
Patricia L. Wenzel
WOC (Women of Character) Graduate