Buckle up! How many times did I say that after sliding into the driver’s seat of my mini-van with the kids all settled in the back seats?, Then the kids got old enough to say, “But, you’re not buckled mom!” (This was before seat belt laws.) I’d reach over, grab the seat belt and click it in while saying, “Yes I am.” With everyone buckled up I would back out of the drive way and we would begin our journey for the day. But, we didn’t go anywhere until everyone was buckled up for safety.
I’m sure you have heard the phrase, “If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat.” When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water, only Peter stepped out of the boat to walk with Jesus. The Bible doesn’t say why. We presume it is because Peter was the impetuous one, the one to do things without thinking. When Jesus said, “Come”, Peter got up, climbed over the edge of the boat and walked on water. As far as we know the other disciples never walked on water like Peter did. But, think about it, what did Peter need before he climbed out of the boat? Faith. We know that because when Peter began to sink Jesus said, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
When I hear the voice of Jesus say, “Come”, what do I say or do? Do I excitedly get out of the boat and walk on water like Peter did? Or do I hesitate? Afraid to get out of the boat; the boat that is keeping me safe.
Matthew 6:33 tells us, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.” To put God first above everything else requires faith. Faith to believe that God will take care of everything else. Before Peter stepped out of his own man-made safety of the boat to walk with Jesus in the storm he needed faith to believe that Jesus could make it happen. Before I can experience the impossible life God wants to give me I have to buckle on faith. Only then am I capable of not worrying about what will happen when I step out of the boat to walk with Jesus when He says, “Come.”