The Pivotal Boat
We all stand at pivotal points in our lives. Every person in history has found himself standing at a life changing moment once or twice. Julius Caesar stood on the brink of the Rubicon River debating whether or not to “cross the Rubicon.” The United States debated on entering in to World War II. I debated on getting up and going to class this morning. We all have these pivotal moments (some more serious than others).You can look in the Bible and see people who have faced these situations. David, standing there staring in to the face of giant. Should I challenge him or let him keep disgracing my God? Abraham found himself there debating on whether or not to trust in the Lord and His provision. Adam faced that moment looking at the apple Eve brought to him. These moments are universal and life changing.In Matthew 14, we find Peter standing at one of these pivotal moments. The storm is raging. The boat is rocking. His world seems to be spinning, and then he sees Jesus. Matthew 14:28-29:Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on thewater, and came toward Jesus.Peter finds himself being faced with a choice. His choice was whether he should step out of his boat of safety and follow Jesus. His boat provided comfort and a shield from the storm and waters around him. The boat was there to keep him from sinking. To step out of the boat would be to negate the entire reason you went out on the boat to begin with!But he stepped out.Peter took a step of faith and got out of his boat of comfort and safety and took a step towards Jesus.We all have boats we find ourselves in.A secure job. A comfortable relationship. A nice family. None of these things are bad, but sometimes Jesus asks us to get out of our boat, to leave the safety of the place that we are at and to simply follow his voice. See when Peter stepped out of the boat it was not like Jesus was right there holding his hand and helping him out. There were no training wheels for this exercise. It was either all or nothing with two outcomes.
- Peters walks on water.
- Peter drowns.
There was and is no in between when Jesus asks us to defy the natural and step out of our boats. When you came to school you stepped out of your boat of your family. When you listened to the voice of the Lord and stepped out of that job to pursue ministry, you got out of the boat. When you ended that relationship you stepped out of the boat of comfort. We all have stepped out of the boat.But stepping out of the boat is only the first part.Matthew 14:30-31:But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”Peter took his eyes off of Jesus. He let the craziness of the world around him distract him from his true source of comfort and safety. When you get out of the boat your world goes upside down. You see the wind and the waves and what they can do, but you cannot take your eyes off of Jesus. I beg you to keep your eyes focused on the one who calms the wind and the waves, for He created the wind and the waves. Even though Peter took his eyes off of Jesus he quickly reached out for Jesus.Peter, drowning with water flooding in to his mouth was able to garble out three words, “Lord, save me!” When we take our eyes off of Jesus and we begin to sink into the storm we find ourselves in we have to cry out, “Lord, save me!” Even though Peter took his eyes off of Jesus, Jesus never took His eyes off of Peter. Jesus reached down in to the mess that Peter found himself and saved him. It didn’t matter where he was or what he had done, all that mattered was that he was saved.If you find yourself in the boat debating on climbing out and walking on water, take a step of faith and climb out of the boat towards your source of true comfort and safety.If you find yourself outside of the boat walking on water, do not take your eyes off of Jesus. No matter how hard the wind blows or how loud the waves get, they are no match for the one who created you.If you find yourself drowning in your storm, scream out to Jesus and He will save you.