“But Jesus was quick to comfort them. ‘Courage, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.’ Peter, suddenly bold, said, ‘Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.’ He said, ‘Come ahead.’ Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, ‘Master, save me!’ Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, ‘Faint-heart, what got into you?’
Matthew 14:27-31, MSG
Picture this: the disciples are on a boat in the middle of the storm, and they’re afraid. Suddenly, they see someone walking on the water. It’s Jesus, but they think it’s a ghost. He speaks to them, calling out, “Do not be afraid. It’s only me!” They’re doubtful so they test Him. Peter cries out, “If it’s really you, then…”
Have you ever prayed, “Jesus, I’m afraid and I need You to show up” but when He does, you question His presence or His solution?
If it’s really You, then…
If You’re really saying this, then…
If You really want me to do this, then…
When we find ourselves in a place outside our comfort zone, it’s easy to doubt whether what God is calling us to is actually true. We often want to know beyond a shadow of a doubt, and we refuse to move until we are one-hundred percent certain, which usually means we never move at all.
Other times, we muster up enough courage to take that first step out of the boat and onto the water. Then, we become overwhelmed with what we are doing. We are suspended in a moment of disbelief. Our faith gives out and we feel like we are drowning.
And Jesus says to us, “Hey, sweet kid. What’s gotten into you? I’m right here.”
There’s no judgement, no shame for needing rescue those times we fall in our faith. There’s the powerful reminder that He saves, that He never leaves, that He’s always right there.
There’s space and encouragement to step out again. There’s room for our faith to grow.
How is God calling you to step out of your boat?
How can you remind yourself that no matter what He has asked you to do, you’re not supposed to go it alone?
Jesus, Your Word is true—we can do all things through You because You give us the strength and courage to take the one next step in our faith and in our lives. Amen.