Perhaps you’re familiar with the story of Jesus walking on the water told in Matthew 14:22-33. I know I’ve heard it many times since I was a child.
The focal point of the story is usually how Jesus walks on water during a terrible storm and saves the disciples.
But let’s talk about Peter for a minute. I can identify with Peter in many ways. He was impulsive. Bold. Action-oriented. Often spoke and acted without thinking things through. Yes, I can definitely see myself in him!
When the disciples saw Jesus walking toward them on the water in the storm, they thought He was a ghost!
It was Peter who called out to Jesus for proof.
“Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”
He said, “Come.”
So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.
Peter didn’t have to call out to Christ. His feet could have stayed in the boat with the other disciples and let Jesus come to them. And that would have been fine. Just fine. We can play it safe. We can stay in our comfort zones and not take many risks.
However, I believe God doesn’t want us to settle for a life of JUST FINE. No! God calls us to depend on Him and step out of the boat on faith. For Him. Outside our ability. Outside our wildest imagination. Just depend on Him. He wants us to live a life of extraordinary faith!
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders. Let me walk upon the waters wherever You would call me.
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander, and my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior.
(Oceans | Joel Houston / Matt Crocker / Salomon Ligthelm)
Yes! Our fullest life and purpose are found when we listen to God and follow Him….depending on His strength. Peter began to sink when he let his focus fade from Christ and turn to the crashing waves. But Jesus was right there to grab him and save him. And He does that for us, as well.
So don’t be afraid! What does God want you to do right now that requires absolute trust and supernatural power from Him? Where is He leading you? Follow Him. Never settle for a mediocre life of JUST FINE.