Water Walker

2/02/17 Devotional

Matthew 14:29,30

29“Come”, said Jesus.Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water, and came toward Jesus. 30But when he saw the strength of the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

“Natural law was suspended for a moment as turbulent waves did the impossible. Overcoming swells surrounded the water-walker, yet Peter found his way to Jesus.”

Believing to enrich our soul.

Believing – this lift gift of believing – is what God uses to enrich our soul. Encouragement is the oxygen of the soul. the breath of faith is the inspiration of encouragement. Our souls are blessed when faith rises up. Faith [belief] sets you free and it makes life so much easier.

A life of faith hinges on one word and it’s simply growth. Growth. Faith to step out on troubled waters when there is no rational way the waves should hold. Yet in the life of Christ it happened all too easily as one man stepped out of a boat on waves that should have overtaken him.

I love the story because one man steps out on water that should never have held him. Natural law was suspended for a moment as turbulent waves did the impossible. Overcoming swells surrounded the water-walker, yet Peter found his way to Jesus. The moment Peter relied on his own strength, saw circumstances for hisself, he started to sink. There’s only one position in which Christ could have saved Peter from that catastrophe was to position Peter where his head had to have been crooked into position as he was sinking. Stubbornly Peter was now focused on Jesus. As Peter’s eyes strayed form Jesus, he began to sink. But he was rescued when his eyes were placed back on Christ.

As the waves of life encompass you, It’s not for us to try to figure out all the details. It’s not for us to line up all the chips and hope they manage to work out in our favor. We are to rest in the presence of God. Allow our formula and preconceived ideas to fade in the light of God’s grace. Christ is the only miraculous rescuing agent.

As we have come to the end of our own strength, In these moments, God does the miraculous. We do nothing in our own strength. We do nothing in our own strength. Struggling through life under your own strength will only wear you out. The more you try to compete with God’s intention by doing it on your own, the more you try to fulfill the vision of God for your life by your own hand.  This will physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally wear you out. You will soon find the end of yourself.  Burnout comes quickly. Un-reliant on your own strength, wanting to give-up and quit, falling short of the vision, here is where many of us come to our moment of revelation. Jesus calling “If you’ll simply rest in me.”

Zechariah 4:6 says “Not by might nor by power but by my spirit” says the Lord.”” It’s not by anything that you can do. What you can’t do God can do and will do.

The Bible is very clear. We see now through a haze, through a mist, but someday we’ll see face to face. Someday the veil will be pulled back and we’ll understand how this all worked out (1 Corinthians 13:12). But until then our job is to trust wholeheartedly, unabashedly trust. Trust.