I Think We Need a Bigger Boat – Walking on Water
Week Two, Day Three
March 13, 2019
We are staying in the Book of Matthew another day, and we are back on a boat with the disciples.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
What can we take from this?
Peter asked God for a miracle. He saw what Jesus was capable of, and wanted to physically leave the safety of the boat to walk with Jesus.
Peter wanted God to call him out and He stepped out in faith. Peter's request is every single one of us saying "God if that's your voice, your plan, your will, call me out." At first, it's easy to read this and think that Peter is putting God to the test, saying "If it is you then prove it." But Peter stepped out onto the water in trust.
Peter started to sink because he stopped looking at Jesus. When Peter took his eyes off Jesus, He chose fear over faith.
When we are called out, it will require us to act in faith and it may even seem like a crazy idea at the time. But, like Peter, we can witness God's glory just by following and focusing.
Will you seek out God's extraordinary call and watch him turn your waves into solid ground? You decide.
Sovereign Savior, we are ready to be called. We want to be changed and see your growth in our lives. We belong to you, and we hand over any fear, and ask that you replace it with faith. When you call us out, we don't want to stay on the boat. We're sinking now, but we won't drown. You turn our waves to solid ground. Amen.