And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.
But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to 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?” (portions of Matthew 14:22-33)
In our women’s study class last night we agreed on a new code, “Page 157”. It is a reminder that we aren’t supposed to just sit in the boat and watch other people interact with God. Like Peter, we are to get out of the boat, walk across the water and experience Jesus for ourselves; experience faith in action for ourselves. If we want a deeper faith we need to get our feet wet. We need to put our full weight, our full trust in Jesus to see that He is trustworthy. We need to step out of our comfort zone and into the territory where we know that we will fail without the power of Jesus. When God calls us, we need to walk in places and in ways that only God can succeed. We need to follow Him and become fishers of men.
Page 157 – Are your feet wet?
Women of courage is what we desire to be. Boldly obeying Jesus with a faith that keeps our eyes above the waves and off the wind and keeps them focused on Christ. We want to be able to live through the storms of this life with an anchor that holds tight. We want to be the light in the darkness. Our hope is in the Lord. Our help comes from the Lord.
Page 157 – Are your feet wet?
What Women Fear by Angie Smith is the book we are reading and discussing. Here is what Angie writes on page 157, “God will still be God if you stay in the boat. But He won’t be your God unless you get out.” For us to really know God we must experience for ourselves His faithfulness in our lives. We must taste and see that the Lord is good. We must have such a deep and all-encompassing trust in His nature and person that the storms of this life may rage around us but they won’t toss us about in the waves.
To what is God calling you? Are you delaying because it seems impossible? Are you delaying because it seems destined to fail? Do you think that you will have to accomplish it with only your power and ability? Are you putting human limitations on a limitless, all-powerful God? Are you doubting what God is capable of doing? Do you doubt that He is good?
Lord Jesus, I thank You that when You call us, You equip us! I thank You for Peter and his bold faith that allowed him to climb out of the boat and walk in Your power. I thank You that You will work in and through us to accomplish what we cannot. Help us Lord to have faith to follow wherever You call us. Help us to obey Your call, even when we don’t see how it is possible, because we trust in You completely. And, like Peter, when we doubt and call out to You for help, You immediately help us! I praise Your holy Name Lord Jesus! Amen.
Taste and see that the Lord is good. Step out of the boat. He is trustworthy. Get your feet wet!
Be encouraged. Press on.