Is, Not If

What has God been asking you to do?  He is calling to you.  Have you been listening?

And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”  Matthew 14:28

“O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”  Matthew 14:31

Peter doubted who Jesus was.  Was this really Him?  Peter doubted what Jesus could do through him.  Peter didn’t doubt that Jesus could save him.

If.

If that is really you Lord.  (I’m not sure if this is really God calling me.)

If the wind doesn’t knock me over. (But what about my circumstances…I can’t change them – they rule over me.)

If I fall, can you rescue me? (I and not able to do this.)

Jesus calls us out of the boat when we know His voice and believe who He is and what He can do.  Peter had that for a moment.  But the doubt still came, even after the unspeakable proof of Christ, Peter’s doubt still sank him. He saw the wind, and was afraid.  The wind stopped as soon as they were back in the boat.  It was a test, a trial.  The wind was against them.

Sometimes on our faith journeys, we boldly step out in great faith into waters where we would easily sink if it were not for the grace of and power of God.  This is where satan’s attack can be the most ferocious.  He plants those tiny seeds of doubt, if we listen to him, if we take his bait.  Just like he did in the garden with Eve.

“Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”  Genesis3:1

It takes faith to follow Jesus; to believe that you are useful to Him, that He is trustworthy and capable to accomplish all that He is asking you to do, that even if things don’t go the way that you envision they will, that God will keep you safely in His will, that even if you are unable to accomplish the task, that God is able.

He is able – no ifs.

He is calling – no ifs.

Take the courage that Jesus offers you, not the bait of satan.  Jesus has called us to follow Him.  To walk in complete obedience to God the Father.  To say, “Yes Lord” when God is prompting us to act.  To spend quiet time alone with God on a regular basis so we will know His voice.  To have compassion for the poor, the sick, the imprisoned.  To tell others about the gospel of Jesus Christ so they can repent of their sins, confess that Jesus is Lord and be saved. Point them to Jesus.  He is what they need.

Walk on the water with great faith in what Jesus can do.

Keep your eyes on Him, not on your circumstances.

Listen for His voice and say, “Yes Lord.”

Be encouraged.  Press on.

Deuteronomy 31.6

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