Get Out of the Boat!
Get Out of The Boat!
Matthew 14:27-30 "But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here! 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."
Have you ever sat on a dock, the beach or a boat and wondered what it would be like to walk on water? I know I have, the thing is while I have dove off the side of a boat, waded into the water or jumped off a dock I have never tried just walking on it. That makes me think of Peter, Jesus and the other 11 disciples. We criticize Peter because he took his eyes off Jesus and began to drown until Jesus saved him. But think about this, only two people in the entire world have ever walked on water, Peter and Jesus. John, James, Levi, Judas, and the rest never got out of the boat or even tried. 12 people sat in that boat when they saw Jesus walking towards them and only 1 had the courage to actually try.
John Ortberg has a book called, "If You Want to Walk on Water You Have to Get Out of the Boat!" The book has a lot to do with faith and trusting God which is what Peter did. Peter knew his circumstances, he was an experienced fisherman as was a lot of the other disciples. The boat was a place of familiarity and safety, climbing out of the boat at night and in the middle of the storm was a disaster just waiting to happen. When I served in the Navy, it was those two factors, night and storms, that made it tough to find someone who fell overboard no matter how quick we got the carrier stopped or helicopters in the air to search, in a lot of cases we lost sailors who would have been rescued had they fallen over in the daylight on a clear day.
Peter understood his circumstances but he trusted Jesus more and that is what we must do in our lives. There are things all of us are going through in which are circumstances say it is impossible or we find safety in staying a part of the crowd but we serve a God who makes the impossible possible and who has called us to be different. The question is, "Are you ready to believe your circumstances or your God?" The truth is our circumstances will always discourage us but God wants to encourage us to trust Him. He is faithful and He is always there with us. So no matter what you are dealing with, Maybe it is time to get out of the boat and take your eyes off your circumstances and put them on Jesus. Just remember these words by G.K. Chesterton, "God doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called!" Allow Him to equip you today, take a step of faith, and get out of the boat!