WALK ON WATER
Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:25-31 New King James Version)
How many of us lose focus after God commands us to do the seemingly impossible because the wind blows? Here we see Jesus calling for Peter to come to Him, and Peter climbing out of the boat to walk towards Jesus. However, when Peter noticed the wind was boisterous, he began to sink. He took his focus off Jesus.
While here on earth, God could call us to do what we think is impossible. He will take us out of our comfort zones, and put us places we would ordinarily not go. He sometimes will require us to start over, or try something new. The storms will be mighty, and the winds will be boisterous, but God has called us to do what is not impossible for Him. As long as we remain focused on God, there is nothing we cannot do! Jesus said “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22). He said “but with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). Remember, Jesus also calmed the storm (Matthew 8:26).
If God has called you to do the impossible-stop trying to ignore it, stop questioning it, stop fighting it. Take a deep breath, say “Ok, Lord, Here I am.” Go ahead and climb on out of the boat. Begin to walk on those waters, take one step at a time and FOCUS on JESUS!
Let’s Pray: Dear Lord, today we come before You with gratitude. We thank You for this new day in which to be a witness for you. We thank You for the work that You have done in our lives, for the changes You have made in us, and for the growth that we have experienced. Each day that You grant us is a blessing, it allows us to see more clearly Your hand upon this earth. Please forgive us for losing focus on You sometimes, for questioning Your purpose for our lives. We know that You see all things, but You don’t always reveal to us everything because You know that we are not ready for all of it yet. Help us to remain focused on You during every storm. Help us to be prepared for what You have called us to do. Grant us Your mighty strength to withstand the boisterous winds that will blow against us as we go about Your business. Show us favor when we begin to take that first impossible step. Illuminate our paths as we begin to walk in our callings. To You be all the glory and honor, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: Be like the toddler just beginning to walk. Place one foot in front of the other and reach for God’s hand to steady you and guide you. If He’s holding your hand, you are surely not going to fall!
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