Water Walking 101
WATER WALKING 101 by Jason Exley
Last week we started talking about Peter taking a RISK and stepping out of the boat and he walked on water. As I reflect on that, I wonder what keeped the other 11 disciples from stepping out of the boat. Perhaps it was because of fear, and maybe that’s where you are at. Or maybe because they liked the safety and certainty of the floating boat as opposed to the uncertainty of the water. The other 11 disciples were content with the safety of the boat, but look at what they were missing. A chance to walk on the water with Jesus.
I read this week that, “you can live on bland food so as to avoid an ulcer; drink no tea or coffee or other stimulants, in the name of health; go to bed early and stay away from night life; avoid all controversial subjects so as never to give offense; mind your own business and avoid involvement in other people’s problems; spend money only on necessities and save all you can. You can still break your neck in the bathtub, and it will serve you right.”
Peter took a risk getting out of a boat, but it wasn’t a rash decision, it was a calculated risk. God doesn’t want us to take unnecessary risk, but steps of faith that is based on wisdom and understanding. Now I want you to notice a few things Peter did here. First, Peter sought the will of Christ first. Matt 14:28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
Peter didn’t just hop out of the boat; he sought Christ out first and said You tell me to do it.
He did not make a rash decision; it was a calculated step of faith.
Now the second thing that Peter did is that he wasn’t going out there alone. He said Jesus; tell me to come to You! He wanted to make sure Jesus was going to be right there with him. You know, risks are always easier to make when you have someone with you. It somehow helps us to know that we are not alone.
Will the chance to join Jesus where he is working ever be enough for you to step out of the boat and take a RISK?