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{Experiencing Peace} Getting out of the Boat

Experiencing Peace

Most of us have heard the story of Jesus walking on the water and Peter asking to join him.

28 Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.”

29-30 He said, “Come ahead.”

Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!”

31 Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, “Faint-heart, what got into you?”

32-33 The two of them climbed into the boat, and the wind died down. The disciples in the boat, having watched the whole thing, worshiped Jesus, saying, “This is it! You are God’s Son for sure!”    -Matthew 14:28-33 (the msg)

Some may say Peter was testing Jesus, but I don’t believe that.  I think he was hopping into the wheelbarrow!   All it took was a brief second of taking his eyes off of Jesus and he began to sink.  How true that is in our own lives.

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As soon as Peter realizes what is happening, he calls out for Jesus to save him.   Jesus doesn’t hesitate to reach out to Peter, but as he does, he asks “What has gotten into you?”   I think it’s kind of funny when God and Jesus ask questions throughout the bible when they already know the answers, but they ask to prove a point.  Why did you doubt?  

Jesus asks us to trust him in the good times, the unknown and especially in the midst of a storm.  God knows what is best for us and His timing is perfect.  This is something we have been learning as a family as we wait for God to reveal his plan for our future.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

When you are in troublesome situations, do you call out for Jesus?  Do you trust Him and lean on Him?  Do you worship Him even through the tragedy?.

Are you willing to get out of the boat?

*photo credit goes to freedigitalphotos.net*

This is a part of a series.  Here’s what you’ve missed!

Love Always Wins

Saying Goodbye to Unhealthy Fear

Embracing God’s Peace

Courageously Living

Handing over the Keys to your Heart

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