Today was a busy day! Early this morning we heard that King Herod killed John the Baptist. Jesus seemed to take this news pretty hard; “When Jesus heard what had happened, He withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place” (Matthew 14:13). I knew He wanted to be alone, but the crowds kept following Him. Soon there were “about five thousand men, besides women and children” (Matthew 14:21). When it started to get late we tried to send the people home, but Jesus had everyone sit down and He fed them with “five loaves of bread and two fish” (Matthew 14:17). What a day!!
Finally, Jesus sent us across the Sea of Galilee; “After leaving them, He went up on a mountain to pray” (Mark 6:46). I’m glad Jesus is getting some time alone, but I wish He was here right now. It’s dark and the waves are so high. Wait, there’s something out there; something, or someone, walking on the water; “It’s a ghost, they said, and cried out in fear” (Matthew 6:26). No, I think it’s Jesus!
“‘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.”
When we read these stories in the Bible we often forget that these were ordinary people involved in something very extra-ordinary. When Peter took that first step onto the water, there was nothing within his physical senses which told him the water would hold. The boat was being tossed by the wind and waves, and Peter certainly had many past experiences which told him that heavy objects sink in water, that his step would fail.
But Peter KNEW Jesus. He had spent time with Jesus; he walked with Him, talked with Him, prayed with Him, and witnessed His miracles. Peter knew the face of Jesus and knew His voice. He knew if Jesus said “Come,” He would also provide a way for him to follow. Jesus made the water solid, but only when and where Peter stepped – only after he stepped out in faith and in response to the call.
The step of faith is needed for any situation which requires a solution beyond what our physical senses can understand. “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1). The situation may be related to relationships, finances, jobs, or ministry opportunities. But it may also be related to raising children, challenges at school, the apparent inability to forgive, or anything else which requires us to operate outside the comfort of the boat.
God calls us to a life of faith. We must spend quality time with our Lord so we can recognize His voice, but when God says “Come,” our only response is to step. Our past experiences may scream it’s not possible and that we will fail; we may not see solid ground, but we must trust that the One who called will provide the solid foundation. Let’s trust Him to provide a way beyond what we can see or understand. Let’s fully trust Him with each and every step of faith!
Have a Christ Centered Day!
God’s Daily Word Ministries
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Aug 14 Nehemiah 7:61-9:21; 1 Corinthians 9:1-19; Psalm 33:12-22; Proverbs 21:11-12