Matthew 14: 28-30
When I think of courage I often think of tightrope walkers. They scale to death-defying heights, effortlessly zooming across the high wire with little thought to what might happen if they fall. Life can sometimes feel like a high wire act too. When we’re focused on our own ability to handle the chaos of life we’re more likely to lose our footing, but when we’re focused on the Lord and we keep our eyes on Him we remain steady knowing He is in control. Just like the tight rope walkers focus their energy on steadily walking the wire, we too have to focus our energy on steadily pursuing Christ in order to step out of our comfort zone.
One of my favorite stories of courageous faith in scripture is when Peter makes a brave move and steps out of the boat to walk on the water toward Jesus. When Peter is focused on his faith in Christ he isn’t afraid of the waves around him, he knows that the Lord is with him guiding his steps across the water. However, scripture says that when Peter saw the wind he became frightened and began to sink calling out for the Lord to save him. (Matthew 14: 28-30)
Jesus used this situation to show Peter how important it is to stay focused on our faith in Him when we step out into the uncertain. Just like Peter we often lose our balance when we begin to doubt. We don’t go on the mission trip because we don’t think that we can raise the money in time or we’re afraid to get on the plane. We don’t share Jesus with a friend because we’re afraid of what they might think or we worry that we won’t have the right words to say. Sometimes being courageous and stepping out in faith simply means trusting that God will provide us with what’s required to accomplish the task. All we have to do as followers of Christ is have faith and believe that the Lord is already waiting for us when we take the first step. I challenge you today to be brave like Peter and step out in faith! Take your eyes off the tight rope, look to Jesus and prepare for God to do BIG things!