Are You Willing to Get Out of the Boat?

Friday, August 01, 2008

And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him…

Matt 14:29-31 (NASB)

Have you ever had a similar experience? Peter stepped out in faith leaving behind the world’s wisdom. By all rights, according to the worldly wisdom of science, philosophy, and psychology, Peter was mad. He left the security of the boat and stepped out into the depths of the sea. Scientifically certain death could be expected. But Peter had his eyes on Jesus, so stepping into the waves and amidst the raging storm seemed logical to him at that time.

All went well for Peter at first. As he gazed upon His savior, he imitated Jesus to the point of even walking on the water. However, as soon as his gaze left his personal savior (who incidentally was the Creator God of the Universe), and began to focus on the raging storm and waves, Peter began to sink.

How well I can relate to Peter in this experience. At the high point of my secular career, when all was well financially, I too heard the calling of the master to step out of my boat and into the uncertainty of the storm and ocean waves. My wife and I had friends who expressed that we were insane. Our step in faith included a complete selling out to Jesus; cashing in retirements, pensions, stocks, every ounce of security to follow the Lord into that storm so that I could prepare for service to the master through attending seminary.

All went well for a time. But unlike Peter, my gaze left the savior for quite some time, not just mere moments. Over a period of several years I have come to the realization that my gaze too has focused on the waves and not the savior. I found myself all too late calling out to the Lord in complete despair recently “Lord, save me!”

What about you? First of all, are you willing to get out of the boat? Secondly, will you wait as I did until the water is almost shutting off all sources of oxygen before calling out to the Lord for salvation from the storms of life?

Peter, unlike me, immediately realized the danger of focusing on the world and its storms and not on Jesus. He immediately called out to the Lord, and immediately Jesus “stretched out his hand and took hold of him.”
You do not have to wait until after you sink; you have the assurance of God’s Word that Jesus is there waiting merely for you to call upon him, and He will immediately respond to our cry for help.

This post was written by

kc5lei – who has written 50 posts on One Flesh Ministries.

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