I’ve had no bigger impression than that this is a year of Water Walking. It seems like such a radical statement, and an even more inconcievable statement. The impression on my heart is a highly frustrating one if I’m honest. It comes at a time when I have been more deliberate than ever about wanting, a step by step directional and booklet on His plan for me in 2019, and that is when He sees fit to call me to blind faith.
First things first, What is Faith?
Is faith, knowing or hoping?
We religious Christians have a way of talking that make faith seem so easy and steady ground so factual.
I can tell I’m going to have to be very exact with my words to make sure I’m not misrepresenting my views, but this for me is the heart of the thought, “Do you ever really know for SURE?”
We spend so long as Christians talking in such factual statements, that can make people struggle with their faith cause they find it intimidating.
But really and truly, do we ever really know.
“About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here! ” Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.”
Matthew 14:25-29 NLT
Can we say that Peter knew without a shadow of a doubt that when his feet hit the water he wont sink in it? I don’t think we can. The reality of faith, is we never know without a shadow of a doubt, or it won’t be faith. Faith is taking a risk. It’s choosing to believe in spite of the circumstances and the odds being stacked against you.
Faith is knowing God can and hoping He will! There is always a little doubt, or uncertainty, STEP OUT ANYWAY!
Faith comes with boldness, your actions reflect your faith, even when sometimes you question it, stepping out shows God despite your doubt you trust Him.
Often the times we talk about our faith with such confidence and certainty is on the other side of it, when the waters are calm and the grass is green. Faith is easy to have when it’s not needed.
One of the most powereful revelations on faith I encountered in 2018 was that of Peter walking on water.
““Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?””
Matthew 14:29-31 NLT
My greatest lesson on faith in 2018 was the “O ye of little faith”, lesson. I don’t think we’ve stopped to question how ridiculous sounding it is that Peter would have the faith to WALK ON WATER and ‘cause he start to sink, Jesus would say he has little faith. We blindly accept it, but, I mean, hol’ up, how is THAT little faith.
Peter walked on water!!!!
The statement was never about the size of his faith. If the bible says, faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains, then it’s not the size of it. I don’t believe faith has a size. Faith is faith! You believe or you don’t believe.
The statement was about the endurance of his faith. Faith is purposed for the storm, it is easy to have faith when things are easy, but does your faith endure in the midst of the storm. Peter got distracted by the storm, took his eyes off Jesus and his faith diminished.
As hard as things are for this country and impossible as it may seem to find a solution, the purpose of my faith is for the storm, the storm shouldn’t distract me from my faith but push me to focus more on Jesus. So the nations problems are only more reasons to act in faith.
Water walking, is the decision that in spite of the storm, in spite of my uncertainty and doubt, I will take the step with many eyes on Jesus. Faith isn’t ‘I KNOW’, if you know you don’t need faith. Faith is, even though I don’t know I trust, and I’ll act on that trust , against all odds!
Faith is for the storm!
Faith acts in uncertainty!
Welcome to the year of the Water Walker!