Walking on Water: When You Need to Reach

 

Walking on Water: When you Need to Reach

Workout of the Week: Walking on Water: When You Need to Reach

Memory Verse: “Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?’” Matthew 14:31 NIV

Meditation Passage: Matthew 14:28-33

Just Do It: Reach For Him.

Overwhelmed.

Underwater without scuba gear.

Desperate for firm footing.

Have you been here?

I was changing blog hosts, and six years of blogs had just disappeared. I floundered in the waves of technological ignorance. Helpless as the tiny rainbow wheel spun. Hopeless as the error message appeared and reappeared.

I identified with Peter in Matthew 14:

            “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. But when he saw     the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

            Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

            And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

I had gotten out of the boat.

I had stepped out in faith.

But the storm blew my hair in my eyes, waves soaked me, and the water rose.

While I love The Hand of God painting by Yungsong Kim, I don’t think Jesus waited that long before He grabbed Peter’s hand.

Scripture confirmed He wouldn’t wait that long for me either.

“Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?’” Matthew 14:31 NIV

Jesus’ question to Peter? “Why did you doubt?”

It’s my question too.

The same Lord masters calm water and violent waves.

And computers.

Would it have mattered if Peter had walked through fire instead of water? No. Neither does it matter what circumstance we face. He rules them all, and just because He permits the storm doesn’t mean He’s not reigning through every second of it.

Look at verse 33, “Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’”

Those in the boat.

The disciples who watched the storm and Peter who stepped into it.

Eleven dry.

One wet.

All worshipped.

Have you stepped out? Is the water rising?

The people in the boat are watching.

Will you trust Him? He’s there, and He won’t let you go under.

Oh, and once you’re back in the boat, don’t forget to worship.

Nail your spiritual workouts this week and change your corner of the gym.

Tweetables:

Jesus’ question to Peter? “Why did you doubt?” It’s my question too. Click to tweet.

The same Lord masters calm water and violent waves. And computers. Click to tweet.

Just because He permits the storm doesn’t mean He’s not reigning through every second of it. Click to tweet.

Those in the boat. Eleven dry. One wet. All worshipped. Click to tweet.

Have you stepped out? Is the water rising? Click to tweet.

The people in the boat are watching. Click to tweet.

Will you trust Him? He’s there, and He won’t let you go under. Click to tweet.

Once you’re back in the boat, don’t forget to worship. Click to tweet.

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