Monday, November 2, 2015

Called Out Upon the Waters

There is a great song called Oceans (Where Feet May Fail), by Hillsong United. You may know it. If you don't, I highly suggest you listen to it while reading the rest of the story below....

I don't typically write posts during the week, but I was just reading the story of Jesus walking on the water in Matthew 14:22-36 when that song popped in my head. I started thinking about this story and I had to share the thoughts the Holy Spirit was laying on my heart.

The disciples had taken the boat and started out on the water while Jesus took the evening to pray on the mountainside by himself.

Just before dawn, Jesus went out to join them. (In my mind, I see a storm beginning to form at this point.) When the disciples saw him walking on the waters they were afraid. They couldn't see that it was Him. Jesus said, "Take courage! Do not be afraid." Peter, still not certain...even after Jesus called out to them to not be afraid, asks Jesus to call out to him to join Jesus on the water. Jesus says, "Come."

Peter gets out and starts walking on the water to go towards Jesus. But when he saw the wind, the storm, he was afraid and started to sink.... He cries out, "Jesus, SAVE ME!" Immediately, Jesus reaches for him and catches him. He asks Peter, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?"

Can you see this scenario playing out in our own lives? How many times has Jesus called to us and we don't know that it is Him? We can't recognize the Savior when He calls out to us even though He is right there in our midst. When Jesus tells us to not fear, we still don't trust that He is there with us. Our mighty Savior, who remains in our presence, is always right there to catch us when we begin to doubt, to fear, the walk he calls us to take. The distance is only as far from us to Him and he is right there with us, holding our hand the whole time.

He tells us to have faith, that He is faithful. If He calls us out of our boat... where we are comfortable and know we won't drown, He is right there. We have His strength, His promises, and His safety to carry us through the task He lays out ahead for us to do.

What a powerful story to keep us reminded of the power of Jesus and the promise He makes to help us carry out our purpose He lays out ahead of us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)

I read a line from the book Crash the Chatterbox, by Steven Furtick. He said, "I refuse to forfeit a victory that God has already given because of a battle that I don't feel like fighting." What a powerful statement! If we are called by God to a particular task, all we need to do is remember that God has already won the battle and have faith that He is working out the details. 


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