‘Peter got down out of the boat.’ Matthew 14:29 NIV
Matthew records, ‘Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came towards Jesus.’ Today, ask yourself these three questions:
(1) What’s my boat? It’s whatever gives you your greatest sense of security. It’s what you’re tempted to put your trust in when life gets stormy. To know what your boat is, ask yourself, ‘What is it that produces the most fear in me, especially when I think of leaving it behind and stepping out in faith?’
(2) What’s keeping me from getting out of my boat? Fear. Fear of people, fear of failure, fear of criticism, fear of lack. In order to grow, you must go into new territory, and each time you do, you’ll experience fear. It never goes away. But each time you get out of your boat, you become a little more able to do it the next time, and you begin to realise that fear doesn’t have the power to destroy you. So when Jesus says to you, ‘Come,’ start walking, He won’t let you drown.
(3) What will I forfeit by staying in my boat? Your destiny. To achieve what you have not yet achieved, you must attempt what you have not yet attempted. Will there be risks? Yes. Baseball’s greatest hitters fail two times out of every three. But they know that if they don’t step up to the plate, they’ll never experience the joy of hitting a home run. Understand this: if you stay in your boat, you’ll eventually die there, and end up wondering what your life might have been if only you’d been willing to get out of your boat.
SoulFood: Jer 10–13, Luke 3:21–38, Ps 95, Pro 14:29–33
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