Matthew 14:22-24 – Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
The wind of change was against them. How often are things against us, fighting to push us out to sea when we are perfectly content in the shallow? How many times do we BLAME the wind for the waves that buffet our small boat? How many time do we dare throw ourselves overboard just to get back to the shore? How many times do we NOT see that the wind and the waves are creating in us a greater intensity and an earnestness in our life?
We get distracted by the wind. We allow its cool breeze to scare us. We look upon it as a curse even though we KNOW the wind is created by God Himself. Why is the wind of change so scary? Because it is pushing me to a new place of unfamiliarity and there is no turning back now.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
He is beckoning me to COME! Am I seeing correctly? Am I hearing correctly? Am I sure that if I step out of this wooden vessel that my heart won’t break? That my fears will subside? That this is really for me? Can I REALLY do this?
As I ponder that first step, I realize that God created the wind that pushed me away from the comfortable shallow shore; therefore, it was His way of driving me to Himself through faith in change. The waves will come, the wind will howl, but they still know His name. If He brings me to it, He will bring me through it. The waves moves at His command, “Come to me!”. So I step out at the place where the Lord meets me in my fear, the place where God drove me at His command, and I walk…on water! Do not be afraid….this IS for you!
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To further your reading, consider this from:
Daniel 10:12 – Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.”
Not everything good that happens in our lives is meant to be understood, nor are we to sabotage the one thing that makes us happy. Why do some of us do that? We set ourselves up for heartbreak when we think we know more than God and what He is trying to do in our lives. Enjoy the blessings. Do not be afraid. God is with you! Have faith for YOURSELF and the goodness that is being bestowed on you. YOU DO deserve it!
Related Scriptures: Acts 18:9; Luke 1:13, 30; Revelation 1:17