FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
– Matthew 14:28-29 (NIV)
If Jesus asked you to walk on water, would you go? A life in Jesus Christ is not about standing still, but about walking by faith. Even when what you’re faced with is uncertain and unpredictable, know that you were not made to just stand around. Walking in your purpose requires walking by faith. It requires stepping out of your comfort zone and cutting away at the safety net that holds you in. It’s about walking out to meet Jesus on the water, and to rely on His strength instead of your own. It’s about entering a place where trust is required and where purpose is filled in Jesus saving you from yourself. In today’s passage we see that this is what Peter had to learn. Even after he stepped out on the water, he became afraid and started to sink (v. 30), and even though in that moment he allowed his own doubts and fears to take over, Jesus still came to his rescue (v. 31). Jesus wants to do the same in your life. When you find yourself worrying about what you’ve been called to or why the people in your life don’t see your worth, Jesus doesn’t want you to just stay in boat completely paralyzed by fear. He is beckoning you to come to Him–the One who gives you purpose. So even though you might be much more comfortable standing in the boat, completely safe in your comfort zone, know that Jesus is inviting you to step out of that and come to Him. Whether you find yourself wanting to stay in your comfort zone for fear of the unknown or fear of being hurt or disappointed, know that when you step out of that comfort zone toward Jesus, you will experience true comfort and peace. And yes, it takes faith to get there. It takes faith to learn how to trust and rely on Him for everything, but it’s worth it! Spend time with the Lord daily asking Him to show you how to have that kind of faith that enables you to step out of where want to be in your flesh, and into where HE wants you to be. You will be amazed with what He begins to show you.
Biblical Context + Further Reading: Matthew 24:22-36
DAILY CHALLENGE: How do think you would’ve reacted if you were Peter? What do you think you would’ve learned?