Why don’t we see more results when we pray? Why do we think we have to have the whole plan before we do what God wants us to do? I realize that if you don’t start, you’ll never finish, but there’s more here that I want to talk about.
Are you a risk-taker or a risk-avoider? If we’re honest, we really like our comfort zones. But we also want to have strong, mountain-moving faith that speaks to problems and annihilates them.
Mark 11:23 (KJV) 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
You can have that kind of faith but it involves risks – risks to believe that what God has said in His Word will really work for you.
Let’s look at Matt. 14:
Matthew 14:28-31 (KJV) 28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water, the only one who called out to Him was Peter: “Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.” I wonder if Peter really even thought about what he was saying. If Jesus answered him, he would actually have to get out of the boat and go to Jesus, which meant walking on the water! Even though Peter was a fisherman, you can be sure that he never tried walking on the water.
So, Jesus said, “Come!” and out of the boat Peter jumped, walking toward Jesus. Wow! Things were great as long as he stayed focused on Jesus. But, Peter got distracted by the wind and waves, the circumstances, and began to sink! “Help, Lord!” Jesus immediately reached out His hand to rescue Peter.
But, even though Peter didn’t do everything perfectly, he still was the only one who had enough faith to get out of the boat!
We need to learn from Peter’s adventure. As long as we keep our eyes on the Lord, things are great. We need to stay alert and focused on God’s Word, not getting distracted by the circumstances that are glaring at us. In one hour things can change!
When you’re standing on God’s Word in faith for His promises to come to pass, don’t let your physical senses or surrounding circumstances distract you. Take the risk, get out of the boat, and walk on the water, believing that God will do exactly what He said He would do in His word.