Get out of the boat or stay in the boat? Walk or stand still?
Within the parameters of life, there is one question that is one every mind. Do I step out in faith or do I stand still? No matter what arena you are in or what you do, the fear v faith argument will no doubt rear its head.
Let’s look at a well-known passage in the bible
On that same day [when] evening had come, He said to them, Let us go over to the other side [of the lake].
36 And leaving the throng, they took Him with them, [just] as He was, in the boat [in which He was sitting]. And other boats were with Him.
37 And a furious storm of wind [[a]of hurricane proportions] arose, and the waves kept beating into the boat, so that it was already becoming filled.
38 But He [Himself] was in the stern [of the boat], asleep on the [leather] cushion; and they awoke Him and said to Him, Master, do You not care that we are perishing?
39 And He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, Hush now! Be still (muzzled)! And the wind ceased ([b]sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating) and there was [immediately] a great calm ([c]a perfect peacefulness).
40 He said to them, Why are you so timid and fearful? How is it that you have no faith (no [d]firmly relying trust)?
41 And they were filled with great awe and [e]feared exceedingly and said one to another, Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey Him?
There are two standpoints we should look at. First from the disciple’s standpoint. It was a stormy night, the boat was rocking. Now for them to get to the other side, they had to go through and then get to the other side. It sure was an experience which terrified them. There are times in life where we face the storms of life but our response to them is very crucial, do we respond in fear or do we it command them to cease?
Now, let’s see it from God’s viewpoint. Jesus was asleep in the boat, but when the disciples he rose up, commanded the storm to calm and then told the disciples why were they so timid and faith and also what happened to their faith. Jesus was with them in the boat, he was at rest even though the storm was heavy and overwhelming. We need to adopt this attitude. We need to understand that we have to trust God and also stand on his word that will never leave nor forsake us.
What we need to understand, is that when Jesus is with us, we can be strong and courageous. Psalms 23 says – Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil, thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. This passage alone lets me know that I shouldn’t be afraid or have any fear because God is with me always.
Fear can do a lot to a man. It can cause a man to sink just like Peter did when he walked on water. It can cause us to doubt and trust God and also doubt others around us. The enemy then starts placing seeds of doubt inside us and causes to stand still however if you move in faith, God will move with you too. Faith moves God. In Hebrews 11, we saw all the famous men and woman of God who moved in faith. Abraham, Noah, Joshua, Hannah, they all moved in faith. God loves a faithful person
Fear comes from a place of worry and when we worry about certain things, Fear takes control. It may stem from unresolved issues in our life or from anxiety or when you go into panic mode. Fear cripples many men from becoming from what God wants them to be. Fear cripples many men from realising who they are. If I have learnt anything, it is this – when I step away from God, that’s when fear steps in. When Peter took his eyes away from God, he started to sink and panic.
In this season, don’t let fear suffocate you and hold you down. Step out in faith.
Daniel 11:32 But the people who do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.
This passage has the elements of trust and faith all over it. Walking on water is a supernatural exploit but you can only walk on water when you put all your trust and faith in God. When God calls you, he will ensure that you reach the other side. It also tells us that when we step into our identity as Sons of God, we will do exploits.
Don’t allow fear to cause you to be stagnant in this season. God is calling you forth, step out in faith. Experience the supernatural. Make the impossible become possible.
I pray that as you seek God and step out in faith, God will strengthen you and empower you to be who God has called you to be.