The apostle Peter felt that way. One morning before dawn, the disciples, alert and wary, watched as their boat was tossed around by heavy winds. Suddenly, out of the dark, one of the disciples saw a person coming toward them, walking on the water. Thinking they were seeing a ghost, the men huddled in terror; but Jesus called out to identify himself and to reassure them. That's when Peter got his idea. He wanted to be like Jesus. He wanted to follow Him wherever He went. Peter asked Jesus if he could walk to Him on the water, and Jesus gave him permission. Peter stepped out of the boat and began to walk toward Jesus.
Did you notice that Peter was afraid at first? Jesus calmed his fear and gave him permission to step out in faith. We should always seek The Lord in prayer to verify that a thought or idea is from God and to receive the courage and guidance to carry out His purpose. Seek The Lord; receive His blessing, and step out in faith.
We all know how Peter, after stepping out in faith, changed his focus from Jesus to the tumultuous wind and water. Quickly, he began sinking into the sea. While we are doing the Lord's work, we must always stay focused on Him. Satan will try to sabotage any good work for The Lord. However, God will be faithful to support, help, and guide us. When Peter called for help, Jesus was right there to lend a hand. In the same way, God will supply whatever we need to complete His work.
As Paul wrote in Philippians 1:6, "I’m convinced that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it through to completion on the day of Christ Jesus." Paul was speaking of our spiritual growth which begins when we accept Christ as Savior and is completed when Christ returns. What we do for The Lord here and now, not only helps others, it also helps us to grow spiritually in preparation for that day.
Today, there are many Christians among us who have had those big, scary, walking-on-water ideas and have stepped out in faith following the Lord's leadership. Next week, I want to introduce you to a water-walker!