Matthew 14:28-30 (NASB) 28 Peter said to Him, “Lord if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Here is an excerpt from a song that Casting Crowns sings: ‘But the waves are calling out my name and they laugh at me. Reminding me of all the times I’ve tried before and failed. The waves they keep on telling me, time and time again, boy, you’ll never win! You’ll never win! – But the voice of truth tells me a different story.’
Are you contemplating getting out of the boat? Are you even in the boat? Am I? Peter was brash and outspoken and he had guts. He took a chance and put his leg over the side of the boat and got out. He wanted to be where Jesus was even if it was walking on water. Do we? What do we do to get where Jesus is? Are we listening for Him and to Him? Do we mind getting ‘uncomfortable’ for Christ? What would happen if we got out of the boat?
The voice of truth, Jesus, will not let us sink. If He has called us to come – to step out of the boat onto the water – He will be there with us every step of the way. Our spiritual goal is to be where He is at all times. Because where Jesus is, either out on the water or not, there is peace, contentment, love, grace and mercy. God is calling us to get out of our comfort zone. He is calling us to be a light for His glory to a lost and dying world. And when He calls…He also equips. He watches over us so that if we begin to sink a little in the water, all we have to do is call out His name and His hand is there for us to hold to.
My prayer is that I get out of the boat…that if I hear the waves and start to sink I call on the name of my Savior, Jesus…that people around me see who is walking beside me on the water. How about you?