Trusting Gods Word To Us

Have you ever been in a place where God has asked you to do something that left you so terrified you felt like you couldn’t even take a step forward? The disciples were in that place when they say Jesus walking on the water. They were terrified. They weren’t full of faith lining up to walk on the water to Jesus. They were afraid because they’d never seen anyone walk on the water. Quite often, that’s the way we start new seasons, new jobs, and transitions in life. We are terrified. We feel God calling up, but we aren’t sure how to take a step forward.

Well, you know the story. Peter got out of the boat and started walking toward Jesus. “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, "Lord, save me." Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.” (Matthew 14:30-32) It’s easy for us to look at this story and think that Peter just didn’t have enough faith. But this story isn’t about Peter’s faith. This story is about taking a step toward Jesus and trusting Him. When you get in over your head, Jesus is going to reach out to you, grab your hand and pull you back to where you need to be.

The disciples were afraid because they had forgotten what Jesus had said to them in the first place. Jesus put them in the boat to go to the other side. Prior to the storm, the disciples had just been with Jesus and had witnessed the miraculous feeding of five-thousand men—probably many more if you counted the women and children present. The disciple Mark shares a little more insight in the book of Mark. He says, “they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.” (Mark 6:52, ESV) The disciples didn’t understand the miracle of the feeding of the five-thousand. The miracle of the feeding of the five-thousand wasn’t all this bread that poured out of Jesus’ hands, it was the faith of a little boy to share his lunchbox. When Jesus instructed the disciples to feed the crowds, He was saying, If you’ll take the little that you have, and take a step of faith to give that away, I will do something through your hands that you won’t believe.

It was the same thing happening in the boat. The disciples didn’t understand. They didn’t know that when Jesus speaks to you and me He’s going to back it up with all the power of heaven. Jesus had already told the disciples they were going to make it to the other side. The secret to this story is trust. When God tells you you’re going to get to the other side, we need to trust Him in spite of the storms. We are going to make it to the other side. When Jesus calls us to trust Him and get out of the boat, we’re going to walk on water, and if we start to sink, He’s going to pull us up. If Jesus asks us for our lunchbox, we can trust Him.

Are there some things that God is calling you to do? Are there some risks that God is calling you to take with your family, some places where you’ve never gone before? If you’ll take a step of faith towards Jesus, towards what Jesus is asking you to do, His grace and His power will meet you in that moment. You may start to sink, but if you’ll pay attention, a hand will come out and grab you. It’s God’s word that will give you the grace to do whatever it is that He’s called you to do.

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Published on November 26, 2019.

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