Walking On Water

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Have you ever felt like God is asking too much of you?  That you don’t have what it takes?  That you want to obey, but it’s all just too difficult and too scary?

I’ve been there many times.  I like the idea of stepping out in faith, in bold obedience, and I know in my head that I can trust God, but when it comes down to it, I falter.  In theory I long for adventure, but in practice I’d often rather cling to the safety of the boat than take the risk of stepping out onto the waves.

God and I were arguing about this one day… well, I suppose I was doing most of the arguing.  It was a few years ago, and I can’t even remember what he was asking me to do.  Obviously, looking back it was nothing major, but at the time it felt like an impossible task.  I felt inadequate and ill-equipped, sure I wasn’t ready; I started to doubt myself, to doubt God, to doubt everything.

I don’t remember the situation, but I do remember God’s gentle whisper and the words that stopped me in my tracks:

“I didn’t calm the storm before Peter walked on water.”

In other words, if God is calling us to do something, we can’t wait for conditions to be favourable.  We can’t wait to feel ready or for it to feel easy.  We just have to obey.

Sometimes God calls us out onto the stormy seas, and sometimes that is the best place of all for us to be.  If you’re anything like me, the reality is that if we can do it in our own strength, we will do it in our own strength.  But the stormy seas, the places where we’re called out of our depth and out of our comfort zones, are where we learn to trust him and fix our eyes on him, where we learn to depend on him rather than on ourselves, where we see and experience for ourselves that he is faithful.

Even knowing this, though, it’s still not always easy to find the courage to step out, but the more I consider it, the more I think the key is in choosing which voice to listen to.

We can listen to the voice of fear, which comes from the enemy and pounds us with lies:

  • “It’s impossible.”
  • “You’re not good enough.”
  • “You’re going to fail.”
  • “You’re going to make a fool of yourself.”
  • “You must be deluded if you think God would want to use you.”

If that is where we choose to focus, we don’t stand a chance.

But what if, instead, we chose to listen to the voice of truth?

  • “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”  (Matthew 19:26 NLT)
  • “God… is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”  (Ephesians 3:20 NLT)
  • “My grace is all you need.  My power works best in weakness.”  (2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT)
  • “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.  Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.  I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”  (Isaiah 41:10 NLT)
  • “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5 NLT)

When we really listen to that voice and believe the words it speaks, I think the courage to step out follows.  It doesn’t mean we’ll always get it right or that everything will work out perfectly, and it certainly doesn’t mean it will be easy, but it means we’ll find the strength to step out, knowing he is with us.

And it reassures me that when Peter took his eyes off Jesus and ended up sinking beneath the waves, Jesus didn’t let him drown.  Immediately he reached out and pulled him to safety.  He will not abandon us, even when we falter.

The lies can be powerful, but the truth is always stronger.  Let’s choose to put our focus there today and step out in obedience wherever he is calling us.

“The voice of truth tells me a different story,
The voice of truth says, “Do not be afraid.”
The voice of truth says, “This is for my glory.”
Out of all the voices calling out to me,
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth.”  (Voice of Truth- Casting Crowns)


 Crystal Twaddell      Grace & Truth : A Weekly Christian Link Up      “God-Sized  

 

 

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23 thoughts on “Walking On Water

  1. Lesley,
    That line hit me like a ton of bricks. #Powerful
    “I didn’t calm the storm before Peter walked on water.”
    Gotta tweet that! Gotta let that sink in! Thanks for writing such an inspiring post with solid scripture to back it all up. Have a blessed day.
    ~Sherry Stahl
    xoxo

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  2. Lesley, love all the verses you shared. Have you ever read the book “Circle Maker?” This post reminds me of a few quotes from there. “Faith is the willingness to look foolish.” And, “You cannot build God’s reputation if you aren’t willing to risk yours.” (Mark Batterson) — Something God’s been teaching me over the last couple of years is that fear comes with most (all?) good things, and we — do it afraid. — Lovely post, Lesley, thanks for sharing. 🙂 And, thanks for linking up at the #ChasingCommunity launch! So great to have you along for the ride. 🙂 Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks, Brenda. I did read that book a few years ago. I’ll need to go back and look at it again. That’s so true that most good things also involve fear. Glad to be joining you as you launch the linkup. Happy New Year!

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  3. Good post, Leslie. The following words especially stood out to me, “if God is calling us to do something, we can’t wait for conditions to be favourable. We can’t wait to feel ready or for it to feel easy. We just have to obey.”

    I don’t feel ready for the expanding doors of ministry that are opening before me, and it would be an understatement to say conditions for this are unfavorable. Yet, when God decides the timing is right, who are we to question Him? As you said, our job is simply to obey.

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  4. Great post! I often feel like Peter, afraid of the wind and waves around me. But, your statement that God didn’t still the storm before he called Peter out really stood out to me. Steps of faith aren’t always going to be easy! Thanks for sharing!
    -Heidi (visiting from #ChasingCommunity)

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    1. Heidi, I visited your blog and left a comment but I think it has gone into your spam folder. I’m having issues with this at a few sites. Askimet are looking into it but haven’t managed to work out why yet.

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  5. I love God’s gentle whisper and its implications: “we can’t wait for conditions to be favourable” before we obey Him.
    I also love the scriptures you listed; the Holy Spirit has used them to comfort and inspire me at times in my life, as well.
    And the song was playing through my head already before I got to the place where you listed the lyrics and video! 🙂
    Great post!

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