Step Out of the Boat

by | May 3, 2019 | Uncategorized, Vital Men Devotions

Matthew 14:28-33 ‘Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and *said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “You are certainly God’s Son!” 

It would be hard enough to step out of the boat on perfectly calm water, let alone with the wind blowing and the waves swelling like they are in this moment.  But, Peter goes.  He steps out of the safety of the boat into the rough seas and begins to walk to Jesus.  I’ve had a great many people debate the merits of Peter’s actions here, because after all, he lost faith and sank.  “He failed”, as I’ve heard many people say.  I’ve never looked at this passage in that light.  I’ve always looked at it in the light of, Peter’s faith was strong enough that he took the step, when no one else dared to.  Yes, he got frightened, lost faith and sank, but he took the step first, without reservation.  I also see in this passage, Peter’s fear and lack of faith wasn’t in Jesus.  Rather, his lack of faith was in himself and what he could do when he trusted and walked with Him.  

Our life is an endless string of opportunities to step out of the boat, heeding the call of Jesus Christ and walking the rough seas to get to Him.  The difficulty is not finding faith enough in Jesus Christ, but faith enough in what we can accomplish when we walk in His power.  Have a blessed weekend.

Matthew 19:26 ‘And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

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