By: Susan Bea Good
Psalm 16:8 “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” (NIV)
Two thousand years ago the disciple Peter recognized Jesus from the safety of a boat. Jesus was alone and walking out on the deep water. Peter could have waited for Jesus to arrive, along with the other disciples, but instead he asked to join Him. This was risky. Peter’s bold faith resulted in an invitation to get out of the boat.
I too asked Jesus if I might come “out of the boat.” For decades I’ve been praying that God would save my family. I asked God to include me in His spiritual work in the hearts of my loved ones. I was willing to suffer anything if God would save my husband and children. I was ignorant of the cost, but not anymore!
(Matthew 14:26-31) “Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw Him walking on the lake, they were terrified…(Peter said) ‘Lord, if it’s you…tell me to come to you on the water.’ ‘Come,’ He said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him…”
Peter’s friends were terrified. Peter was willing to be even more terrified! Jesus welcomed that willingness and rewarded His disciple with a partnership in His glory that the others missed.
When Peter kept his eyes on Jesus he walked with Him. When Peter took his eyes off Jesus, and focused on the danger, he began to sink.
You and I can ask to be involved in God’s work. We can ask to get out of the safety of the boat and walk with Jesus on the waters of this life. At times we may struggle to keep our eyes on the One who sustains our walk by faith. We may even feel ourselves sinking and overwhelmed with the power of the waves. Jesus promises He will never leave us alone. We can be sure that He will not let us drown in this life. He will reach out and catch us. If you ask to get out of the boat keep your eyes on Jesus!
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
look full in His wonderful face,
and the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
in the light of His glory and grace.”
This blogger writes to encourage faithful Christ-followers as they participate in God’s Big Picture. Adonai Eloheinu.
“Give Me Jesus” (Gokey) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbh43MGoigw