If you were Peter, would you have gotten out of the boat when the Lord commanded him to come?
Peter is easily the most passionate apostle in the Gospels. He’s the first to speak when the Lord asks who they say He is, he’s ready to hack the high priest’s servants to pieces when they try to take Jesus away, he adamantly refuses to believe that he would ever deny Jesus, and there are many other examples of Peter’s love of the Lord. But even Peter, in the story of Jesus walking on the water, expresses his doubt.
“Lord, IF it is You, command me to come out on the water.” Seeing the humanity of Peter is beautiful, and his honesty is refreshing — we all have our doubts, we all struggle in our faith at times. But the Lord still honors Peter’s faith, and commands Peter to come, even knowing he may be doubting.
Despite his fear, despite his doubt, Peter steps out in faith (literally) and to the surprise of everyone, walks across the water towards Jesus.
In today’s video, Karen challenges us: what fear is keeping you in the boat? What fear do you need to overcome to go where the Lord is asking you to walk?
Sometimes we think it’s holding on to control that is a source of freedom. The opposite is actually true.