And he got out of the boat! But he switched his focus. He was a wave watcher!
How many of us are like Peter? Too much wave watching.
When confronted with a tidal wave of circumstances seeking to drown me or when a surge of heartaches strives to overwhelm me, I just want to go below deck and hide in the boat.
But the Lord calls. “Come on. We gotta do some water-walking!”
If I watch the swirling waves of difficulty too intently, they will threaten to overtake me.
So…when He calls, I need to get out of that comfortable boat of safety and get my feet wet.
When a heart-wrenching trial heaves its wall of waves at me, the Lord does not calm the waters or part the waters until I go forward with that first step of faith. God parted the waters for the priests at the river Jordan, when? “As soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap…So the people crossed over.” (Josh. 3:15-16a, 16b NIV)
Isn’t that what we want? Our impassable afflictions to pile up in a heap so we can cross over to the other side?
When I hesitate, sitting, um, hiding in the boat, I find no comfort or peace. Only when I dare to get out of the boat in faith and into those crashing waves, does God make His power and resources available on my behalf.
When a crushing circumstance exists before you, what do you do? Do you stick with what is safe, remaining in the boat, or do you step out in faith and get your feet wet?
If the slightest fear disturbs you, when you look at the waves and feel the wind contrary, you will lose Spirit-buoyancy. And you will begin to sink.
If you never take a chance to forge ahead in faith and obedience, the writer of Hebrews says that “without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Heb 11:6 NIV)
When you walk with Him over the waves, you will reach the other side. Therefore, “hold fast the profession of [your] faith without wavering,” (Heb. 10:23 KJV) and be pleasing to the Lord.
In God’s timing, He will pile up your trials in a heap for you. Go water walking with Him when He calls to you. Get your feet wet. He will keep you afloat; He won’t let you drown. He walks the waters still.
Are you a wave-watcher or a water-walker?
~Lord, may I always please You by putting my complete faith in You and step out of my comfy boat when You call to me, to walk the waves of life, being upheld by You. Amen!
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