Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed. - Matthew 14:28-33
My heart is aching today for the people I know that are going through seasons of sadness, heartbreak, and loss.
Over the past week I've listened as people have shared with me stories of broken marriages, addiction, death, disease and much more. I've seen the tears roll down their face as they admit for the first time they have not been honest with anyone for years. I've watched as their body physically reacts to the notion of forgiveness and their soul embraces grace and mercy for the first time in a long time.
Very heavy, very deep, and very powerful challenges that weigh on my soul and cause me to cry out to the LORD on their behalf. And when I do I have hope for them. I have hope because they are starting to climb out of the boat and walk towards Jesus - the author and perfecter of their faith. The one who is the Truth - who does not allow them to live in darkness or shadows or lies.
But even as I contemplate their journey - their challenges - and their struggles I can't help but have my own doubts. Why does this happen? Why does sin continue to inflict pain so easily and effortlessly on the lives of people I know and love?
I don't know the answers to these questions, but in my doubt I do my best to search for answers, meaning, and guidance.
This morning I listened to the song Oceans by Hillsong United and was comforted.
I read through Matthew chapter 14 and was reminded of a loving Savior that understands the reality of this world - all of its challenges - all of its temptations and meets me where I am in the deep waters of life.
I remembered that Jesus calls me out of the boat during the most turbulent times in my life - when everything else around me is falling apart - Jesus dares me to step out of the boat and come to Him.
Jesus challenges me to have faith. He challenges me to not focus on the immediate but to trust in Him and his eternal perspective. He gives me the opportunity to put my faith into action and walk into deep waters where I would never venture on my own.
I am convicted this morning that when all hope is lost, when this life seems to have the upper hand, when I feel like I'm drowning, I just need to look to Jesus. I need to keep my eyes on Him. I need to reach out to others and ask them for help, prayer, and guidance. I need to allow Jesus to work through others around me and follow the leading of his Spirit. And, I need to encourage others to do the same.
Below are the words from the song that comforted me today:
Oceans by Hillsong United
You call me out upon the waters The great unknown where feet may fail And there I find You in the mystery In oceans deep My faith will stand
And I will call upon Your name And keep my eyes above the waves When oceans rise My soul will rest in Your embrace For I am Yours and You are mine
Your grace abounds in deepest waters Your sovereign hand Will be my guide Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me You've never failed and You won't start now
So I will call upon Your name And keep my eyes above the waves When oceans rise My soul will rest in Your embrace For I am Yours and You are mine
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders Let me walk upon the waters Wherever You would call me Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander And my faith will be made stronger In the presence of my Savior
I will call upon Your name Keep my eyes above the waves My soul will rest in Your embrace I am Yours and You are mine
Heavenly Father, give me the faith to climb out of the boat and walk to you each day. Holy Spirit, encourage me, prompt me, and remind me of your love for me and faith in me. Guide me as I experience the rough seas of life, navigating different decisions and relationships. Jesus, never stop calling me out of the boat. Give me the faith I need to walk on the water - take me deeper than my feet could ever wander. Help me to live without borders - with complete faith in you! Amen.
Questions To Consider:
- Is there an area of your life or business where God is calling you to greater faith in Him?
- What would your life look like if you stepped out of the boat and trusted completely in Jesus?
- Who do you know that is experiencing a season of trial, sadness, and dark skies that you can reach out to today?
Make it a great day!