“Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.”—Matthew 14:29
Peter moved beyond his limitations and into the impossible when he stepped out onto the water with Jesus. It’s wild that as his eyes were locked with the Son he stepped into the impossible without fear or hesitation. But when he became aware of the waves swelling up around him he became painfully aware of the fact that he was standing out upon the impossible in the wild unknown with Jesus. Suddenly fear and doubt caused his feet to sink. Jesus said to Peter, “You of little faith. Why did you doubt?” (vs. 31).
It’s wild to me that Jesus would call his faith “little” when he had just been walking on water with Jesus. But I take this to mean, “Peter—in the presence of fear you doubted Me. Your faith in Me was smaller than your fear of the storm around you”.
In a split second Peter found himself at a crossroad of fear and faith. Would he fear the storm or have faith in the Son who had brought him this far atop the impossible already? Peter feared. He allowed the reality of his limitation to bring him down instead of allowing his faith in Jesus to overcome his limitation. Here’s the thing: Peter’s limitation wasn’t so much that he couldn’t walk on water but that his fear was bigger than his faith. I know many of us can relate to Peter in this.
God wants to move us from a fear led life to a spirit led life.
FRIEND, we serve a God who moves us beyond our limitations and into the impossible. A God who formed the galaxies, shaped the mountains, parts the seas. He is a God who knows no bounds and no limits. Paul said, I will rejoice only in my weakness because it’s in my weakness that His power is made perfect in me (1 Cor. 12:9).
It’s time we view our limitations as opportunities for God’s power to be made perfect in us.
If God is asking you to do something out of your comfort zone and beyond your current ability go ahead and say “Yes!” to Him today friend! You’re a part of His-story. You are a history maker! He wants to use you as He did David: young and unqualified, but God saw a giant slayer and a king. Like Gideon: a wheat thresher, but God saw a mighty warrior! Like Jeremiah: a young boy, but God saw a prophet to the nations. It’s time. I’m saying yes today. Will you?
TODAY: Stop fearing your weakness but like Paul, rejoice in it! Allow the power of God to refresh and water your soul.
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