How did Peter step out of that boat?


Well, I find myself in a season that requires a major step of faith. It is very reasonable to think I am being foolish in my actions. Almost all the surrounding circumstances point to the probability of failure. All I need to know is  Jesus is already where I want to be. He has answered my prayers and it is now for me to step out in faith.

It happens to all followers of Christ to take on certain challenges in faith. A very famous example is found in the story of Jesus walking on water.

Matthew 14:25-32 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” 28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” 31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

It is easy to pick on Peter for losing his sight on Jesus and having to be rescued from drowning. Let’s not be too hasty in our judgment of that spontaneous fisherman. First, Peter dared to step out of the boat. Second, the disciples were only with Jesus for three years. Many of us have been “with the Lord” for many more years and haven’t taken any real steps of faith. My big question is “how did Peter step out of that boat?” Seriously what causes a man to step out of the relative safety of a comfort zone and into the storm without so much as a life vest?

Look again at verses 28-29; Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”  So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. Before stepping out in faith it is best to be sure of who is calling you!

 

Rev. Burt Schwab

About burtschwab

I currently live in Iowa, USA. I serve as an assisting pastor of a unique small church. My goals are to simply live life as a journey and embrace each day. I am married to a wife with similar passions and that makes me a blessed man.
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