Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!” Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. [Matthew 14:30-31 MSG]
Jesus has come to the disciples' boat walking on the water.
Their initial reaction was one of great fear - who would not be afraid.
Jesus calls out to them and tries to calm them down.
Then Peter says: “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.”
A pretty amazing pivot from fear to faith - maybe helped out by a bit testosterone?
Sometimes I think that the Lord simply wants us to leave our comfort zones.
I believe that the story gives us a pathway out of our comfort zone:
- Recognize where God is. Peter left the boat because Jesus was on the water.
- Ask God if he wants you to join him where he is.
- Trust the Lord by taking one step of faith into the unknown waters.
- Continue to walk in faith keeping your spiritual eyes on God.
- Know that others, like Peter, have doubted when the waves are choppy.
- Call out to the Lord when you feel afraid.
- God will rescue you and you learn from the experience.
... this devotion is part of the Red Letters series. Click here to read more.