Hillsong United’s “Oceans,” ministered to me deeply as I communed with God and the lyrics penetrated my soul:
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders/Let me walk upon the waters/wherever you would call me.
Take me deeper than my fear could ever wander/and my faith would be made stronger/in the presence of my Savior.
If you're not familiar with it, press play to hear a brief snippet and set the tone for this devotional.
Water-walking faith is more than a notion.
Imagine how Peter must have felt in Matthew 14:22-33 when Jesus was standing out on the lake.
It was intimidating seeing the Savior, who appeared ghostlike, resting his feet on liquid without going under.
When Jesus bid him to come, Peter likely felt a mixture of excitement and terror.
I want you, for a moment, to envision this expansive body of water. Hear the loud crashing of the waves. Picture yourself rocking back and forth violently while standing on top of unstable water. Imagine the frightening sound of howling winds, threatening to blow you over and drown you at any moment.
Putting yourself in Peter's shoes makes it easier to see why one of Christ’s most vocal and boisterous disciples, only briefly walked on water before panicking and momentarily sinking.
We can’t stay afloat in life by focusing on what we’re called to face, instead of who called us to face it. In order to handle a seemingly impossible assignment, we must keep in mind that there is nothing too hard for the One who gave us the assignment.
If God said go, all you have to do is step out in faith and He will bring you safely to your destination. There is no need to focus on the conditions. Rather, keep your eyes on God, who has the power to exert authority over any circumstance.
Why fear the wind, when the wind is obedient to the One who told you to go forward despite its forceful push?
The point is, our personal capabilities are limited, but God has limitless power, which makes all the difference.
But, far too often, we fret over our deficiencies, rather than trusting in our Heavenly Father’s all-sufficiency. He has everything and can do anything, therefore, in Him, we lack nothing.
So why be perpetually stressed, fearful and doubtful? That is not God’s will. He desires that you maintain an attitude of faith and confidence in His supernatural power to do the impossible.
God is challenging you to press beyond what you see, being propelled forward only by what He says.
His word is your sustaining force.
But if you get caught up in natural manifestations, the way things appear will dictate your responses. If, on the other hand, you are led by divine revelation, your reactions will be rooted in faith and not fear.
Shift your perspective.
Stop looking around you and begin looking above you... to the hills from whence comes your help, as Psalm 121:1 says.Your help comes from the Lord!
To assist you in kicking doubt and fear to the curb, I’m stirring Matthew 14:31NIV into your cup of inspiration. It brings us right into the moment when Peter began sinking. The Bible says, "Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. 'You of little faith,' he said, 'why did you doubt?'”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, the Lord is sending forth this word to catch you before you sink. Hear His voice questioning you, saying, "Why doubt?"
Friend, no matter how dire your circumstances, they have no power to overthrow what God has spoken over your life.
Now let’s pray.
God, today I ask that You help me not to give into worry, fear, doubt, or stress. Despite what circumstances I may be facing right now, empower me to trust in Your unfailing power to complete Your good work in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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