“Addressing Our Safety Net-Like Trust”
Life's uncertainties have us all wondering who or what to trust.
What do we do when our faith and trust are put to the test?
Matthew 14:22-31 NKJV Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. 23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. 24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. 25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid." 28 And Peter answered Him and said, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." 29 So He said, "Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!" 31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"
Mark 6:48 NKJV Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by. John 6:19 NKJV So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid.
Matthew 14:28 NKJV And Peter answered Him and said, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water."
Command (keleuo) =
to urge, incite by words, order
Matthew 14:29 NKJV So He said, "Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.
Come (erkhomahee) =
Matthew 14:32-33 NKJV And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, "Truly You are the Son of God."
Why get out of the boat (trust without a net)?
- Security (Better to be on the waves with Jesus, than in the boat without Him!)
- Validation (Are we really people of faith if we never exercise it?)
- Momentum (Each step of faith/trust we take deepens our dependence on God.)
- Logistics (There is only so much we can do in the boat.)
- Opportunity (Our current opportunities may soon be gone.)
Faith involves acting in spite of the risks, not when there are none!