I love the lyrics for “OCEANS” by Hillsong United. It reminds me of Peter and when he walked on water. I close my eyes and I imagine what it must of been like for him – to get his feet wet, and yet, have his feet firm as if on solid ground.
Peter was the first to speak after Jesus told them to “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid”. He immediately said “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to You on the water”.
It’s interesting to see that he asked “IF it is you, then command me “… He may have had some doubt – as we all do in this life. It’s almost as if he was testing Jesus – IF it’s you, then let me do this … But, he had faith and he kept his eyes on Jesus. He didn’t know for sure that it was Jesus but he had faith that it just might be Him.
He had FAITH that Jesus was who He said He was and that He would allow Peter to walk on water. We need to have that same faith – that when the impossible lies ahead of us – that Jesus is who He has said He is in His word and that He will do what He has said He will do.
We need to have that same faith – that when the impossible lies ahead of us – that Jesus is who He has said He is in His word and that He will do what He has said He will do.
He is the same yesterday, today and forever. ( Hebrews 13:8)
He will direct our paths (Proverbs 3:5-6
) and the many other promises He makes in His word.
Step out in faith
Peter stepped out in faith onto that water. He kept his eyes on Jesus and he did the unimaginable – he walked on water. UNTIL his fears got the better of him and he took his eyes off Jesus and paid attention to the winds roaring around him. It was at that moment, that he began to sink. The Bible says he ‘saw the wind’ , he didn’t even feel it. He just saw it and he became afraid. Many times in my life, I just see something happening and I start to worry and stress. It hasn’t happened to me, but people talking ’bout the possibility of it and I’m sucked into worrying about it. It steals my peace and joy and I take my eyes off Jesus.
He called out to Jesus “LORD, save me” as I know I have many times in my life when I am feeling like everything is drowning me, overtaking me. And each time, God has been faithful and He has caught me, just as He caught Peter. Each time, I have had my faith strengthened and also been convicted to take a step back and take a look at myself – why did I doubt? Why did I doubt that God would come through for me? It’s because sometimes I have paid more attention to the winds roaring around me than just keeping my eyes on Jesus.
Jesus said, “O ye of little faith, why did you doubt” … when I read this I was reminded of Matthew 17:20
where Jesus said that if we have faith as small as a mustard seed, we can say to this mountain, move from here to there and it will move. NOTHING will be impossible for you. That little faith that Peter had, allowed him to walk on water – to do the impossible.
HE can use you…
Imagine what we as women who love God can do to bring glory to God. Stepping out and activating that small faith. To grow that faith through daily prayer and infilling of His word. We too can do the impossible – where we are, with what God has equipped and blessed us with – we too can do the impossible. NEVER for a moment think that God can not use you where you are to do His will. I can testify to God using my circumstances. To be able to reach out to others around me and share about Gods grace.
NEVER for a moment think that God can not use you where you are to do His will.
When they got back into the boat, those that were in it began to worship him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God”. And I think that sometimes we miss that part. We pay so much attention to the miracle that Jesus and then Peter walked on water, that we don’t realize this. That through his faith and his actions – he led those in the boat, those that maybe didn’t have strong enough faith nor courage to step out of the boat. Maybe they doubted that Jesus really was there. But through Peters actions, it led them to believe that Jesus was truly who He said He was. He was the Son of God. And that’s us my sister – in our every day lives – we can lead people to Christ , show them who He is.
HE will pick us up
In our moments of weakness, where sometimes we take our eyes off of Jesus and we “drown” a little in our everyday just downright hard and sometimes unfair moments. In those moments, the people in our ‘boat’, in our inner circle – our family members, our friends, our colleagues – are watching and waiting. And when they see us step out in faith despite our circumstances – to not only TALK the TALK but to WALK THE TALK
to not only TALK the TALK but to WALK THE TALK
– it encourages them, it gives them hope. When they see the gracious hand of God picking us up, comforting us, it convicts them to see Jesus for who He truly is – a loving, merciful, caring God. That no matter what happens – HE will pick us up. And I know this because I have been one of those people in the boat who has been blessed to have people, women around me step out in their faith. I have seen them keep their eyes on Jesus. And it has encouraged and empowered me to step out and test the waters with Jesus too.
Sometimes we have faith enough to get us out to test the waters with this whole “JESUS” thing, this whole “church” thing. But we don’t have enough faith to stand up to a storm. And that’s o.k! It’s not the end of the world! Don’t feel discouraged when you have doubts or fears, don’t think you have failed God. No, rather, do what Peter did. Cry out to Him – “LORD, save me “ .. from my fear, my pain, my doubt, my anger, my pride .. LORD, save me.
HE is always there…
And that’s where I want to end, with that point .. that we must realize that He too is always there, watching, waiting. When you feel the weight of your circumstances on your shoulders – cry out to Him “LORD, save me” … We must realize that we can not survive without our gracious God. We must keep our eyes on Jesus no matter what may come, because not for a moment does He ever take His eyes off of us.
May you walk confidently into 2018 knowing that God has His eyes on YOU.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made – walk like it, talk like it, own it.
God bless you all.
Love & Prayers,