Today’s Scripture is Matthew 14:22-33…
Right then, Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead to the other side of the lake while he dismissed the crowds. When he sent them away, he went up onto a mountain by himself to pray. Evening came and he was alone. Meanwhile, the boat, fighting a strong headwind, was being battered by the waves and was already far away from land. Very early in the morning he came to his disciples, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified and said, “It’s a ghost!” They were so frightened they screamed. Just then Jesus spoke to them, “Be encouraged! It’s me. Don’t be afraid.” Peter replied, “Lord, if it’s you, order me to come to you on the water.” And Jesus said, “Come.” Then Peter got out of the boat and was walking on the water toward Jesus. But when Peter saw the strong wind, he became frightened. As he began to sink, he shouted, “Lord, rescue me!” Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him, saying, “You man of weak faith! Why did you begin to have doubts?” When they got into the boat, the wind settled down. Then those in the boat worshipped Jesus and said, “You must be God’s Son!”
Today’s blog post is by Monique Meyer, Director of Communications…
It’s as simple as that, right? Probably not for most people! How often do we leave church on Sunday all warm and fuzzy and trusting and then something happens at work or at home and we doubt everything happening in our little worlds? It’s totally the end of the world when bad things happen, right? Or maybe not even bad things, just things that throw us off track even the tiniest little bit.
When we read this scripture, how many of us truly feel, deep down in our hearts and souls, that we are trusting in the Lord, even for the little things? Have you been stepping out on faith or have you been stepping out on what you learned in that class you took in college (analyzing everything), or stepping out on that advice your dad taught you 30 years ago (planning & controlling everything) or not stepping out at all because you’re afraid of something because you just don’t know what will happen next?
Pastor Vance taught us a few weeks ago in the “Love Shares” sermon to just “GO”, and that most certainly applies to this scripture as well. Is there something that stops you from taking Jesus’ hand and going? Can you trust knowing that the wind will come, the water will rise, the boats may knock you down and try to drown you, but you will be safe?
My friends, we should be running across water knowing that it’s all good. Can you imagine what is waiting for you when you step out on faith?