Gathering Together

Stepping out!

Matthew 14 27-31 “But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

 Every day for me is a step of faith. There are days that faith comes easy, and days that faith comes hard. When I took the leap of faith to speak, write, and commit myself to the service of the Lord, I knew it wouldn’t be easy, but knowing it, and living it is two entirely different things. I still believe that God called me, even more so that Satan continually buffets me with discouragement and doubt.

 When Christ called for Peter to step out onto the water, it was an exciting time. They had just discovered Christ could walk on water! It’s pretty amazing when we see someone step out and do something new. I’m the first one to say “I want to do that!” Then I step out and think “Okay now what?” For Peter the thought of walking atop the water that he was familiar with as a fisherman had to be excitement times ten! “Okay now what?” He was out there, and although it appeared to be easy, it wasn’t. The water moved, it was a storm for cryin’ out loud. The wind didn’t cease until Christ got back in the boat.

 Every school day morning I stand before a group of the greatest kids I know. And I too tell them “be of good cheer.” And they are! This morning I asked them to step out in faith and do something for the Lord inside their school; to tell their friends about Jesus. The wind picked up as soon as our prayer circle broke for classes. Stepping out for Jesus isn’t easy no matter what the age.

So what’s the answer? The one we’ve all likely heard every Preacher say in regards to this scripture. “Keep your eyes on Jesus.”

Jesus caught Peter even though he lacked faith. He didn’t let him perish. After Jesus and Peter got back in the boat, the storm ceased and the disciples worshiped Him. They said “Of a truth thou art the Son of God.” (vs. 33) 

Lately, I’ve gone through several storms. Just small storms, the kind that almost have you thinking, “God’s got so much more to deal with, He doesn’t need me whining about this.” 

Large or small, anything that takes my eyes off Jesus and the work that I have been called to do is a serious storm. Serious from the stand point that if my eyes are not on Him for guidance, then those that I am to connect with along the path are in jeopardy. If I’ve got my head down in discouragement, I’ve lost sight of the people that I am to minister to. 

I feel the wind blowing. But because I took the time get in His Word, spend time with His people, and talk to you it’s not nearly as gusty! I pray likewise for you today.

By Shari Johnson


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