Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Step Right Out

There have been numerous times in the past few days I've been hit with would I get out of the boat. When most of us hear the story of Jesus walking on water we think of Peter taking his eyes off of Jesus and and starts to sink. So the moral of the story is Keep Your Eyes To The Lord.

I've been thinking about getting out of the boat. I've been thinking about what it took from deep inside for Peter to get out of the boat. I'm sure he knew the danger of the water and there were many death from drownings. They didn't have the big boats we do today. I sure many times the whole boat sunk and many lives were lost. So just try to imagine the courage it took for Peter to even think he could walk on the water like Jesus. When he stepped out did he slowly put one foot down or just get up and step out like it was land?

Now to look at our lives today. We see Jesus calling us to an area that is filled with danger and even death. How readily are we to step out of the boat. Would we even be brave enough to ask Jesus to tell us to come. Do we go slowly or step right out?

Matthew 14:25-31
During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." "Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water. 'Come, he said. Come," he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!" Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?"


Denise said...

I want to be willing to step right out for Jesus.

Kathy said...

There is something my husband and I each have been thinking about doing sometime in the future, and it would definitely require us to "step out of the boat". I'm not ready yet, but when the time comes I hope that I will have the faith to do it.

Penless Thoughts said...

My personal opinion is that Peter was so in love with Jesus and so caught up with His words in telling him to come he didn't even "see" the waves or the water at the moment. When he did become aware of them is when he began to sink. We will never know for sure but that's how I see it.

I've been just doing what I feel he is leading me to do lately. When I begin to question, I stop immediately and say "no" and then move on. It is scary on the flesh side!!!

BP said...

This story always intrigues me when I read it. Thanks for putting this in such a way to apply to my life.

Sharon Brumfield said...

Thank you for checking in on Paw Paw.
Things are not doing well. I hate to keep posting the ups and downs.
They tried to take him of the ventilator today and he started to crash.
The family has decided that tomorrow when they try again that if that happens again they will not put him back on.He will go on to be with his heavenly Father. My heart is pretty tender right now.
Thank you for your prayers.
How is your dad doing? I am continuing to pray for him.

Mark B. said...

I agree with Susan.
We can either be focused or we can be distracted. Who can be both at the same time? Not I.
Peter's faith was totally focused on Jesus until he was distracted by the wind and waves. Imagine, Peter was focused on Jesus' eyes and made it to Jesus before he "Lost it" because of the surrounding distractions.
Have you ever seen a tight rope walker? Talk about Focused! But a rope walker's focus relies on the strength of his or her own talent and ability to get them to their point of focus, not faith. We as Christians rely not on our focus on what is seen, but on our faith in that which we cannot see with our eyes.