Stepping off Into the Unknown Part 1

Picture your life as a boat, and at times it gets a little shaky, un-easy. You don’t know where to go, it’s dark at times. You hear nothing, all is quiet except the wind and waves that are crashing up against you. You have been struggling for some time now and all you want to see is dry land.

We are all on a journey known as life. Some use road maps to tell them where to go, other words their instinct, feelings might tell them that they need to lean on their own understanding. But we choose for the ones who have been enlightened by the Word of God and having Him as our lighthouse to look to Him for guidance, and strength. We walk by faith and not by sight, rather than walking by sight and not by faith. But is it this easy?

Let’s take a look at Matthew 14:22

Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

And 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 and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him,“O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying,“Truly you are the Son of God.” (ESV)

 

The first question I have is that why did Jesus, “immediately” “made” the disciples get into the boat in such a hurry.

1. The excitement of the disciples and the of the crowd could have spurred into the initiation of the Messiah, but yet it was not that time yet

2. He wanted to pray – after a miracle of feeding the multitude who wouldn’t want to come before the father and thank him?

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Jesus told them that He would meet them on the other side…

The disciples were thinking, “where are you going,” “why are you leaving us here all alone”. Same thought comes to mind that whenever a trial or situation arises, the boat starts shaking, the wind tossing our life around we start asking God where are you?

– I can imagine the thoughts of what happened to them last time while they were in the lake (Luke 8) But Jesus was with them asleep, so why did it matter this time?

Luke 8:22 ” Let us cross over to the other side of the lake, He wasn’t saying “Let us perish”

Jesus keeps His word, all of His words are promises but we have to activate those promises by walking in faith even when the worst of the worst becomes visible.

Your life is in His hands, you are not the captain, He is the captain. He will show you the way through this journey called life.

What happens when you become captain?

– Self fails
– Lost direction
– follow feelings
– exhausted

It is like the disciples had forgot about the words before they left shore ” I will go before you and meet you on the other side” 

It’s during these times that our faith becomes strengthened if we let him…

James 1

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

It would have been more beneficial for the disciples to cry out to Jesus instead of rowing against the waves.

How many times have you tried to fix the problem rather than asking Jesus for help?

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Rest

In Luke 8 beginning with verse 22, we hear of a story that is preached many times over and over, but are we missing the meaning of these verses? I know for myself and others that we can go back to the Bible and read the very same chapter and we will go over it next week or a little longer and there will be something that God magnifies to you different from before. What I had got out of this chapter and verse is that the disciples were awake when Jesus was sleeping. So?  When Jesus is resting we should rest, when He is healing we should be laying hands on the sick, when He is telling the good news we should be out telling the good news to those who sit out in darkness. I am impressed by the fact that He could sleep. His mind and heart were peaceful enough, trusting in the love and care of His Father in heaven, that He could sleep in the storm. Yes there was a storm but He new the care of His Father in Heaven until the disciples awoke Him.

That question was asked one day last week when I was laying in bed and had all these worries that I was thinking about like “What if” or “Is this possible”, those thoughts were quickly extinguished by the spirit saying over and over “rest”…”rest”

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We all have payed more attention to the waves instead of Jesus at times, but how can you not? You have this huge mountain that is not moving, it’s there you think for good. Or is it?

“And they awoke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!”

The disciples were filling “un-easy” and they immediately went to Jesus, ask yourself this how many times have you went straight to Jesus in your trials?

“And He awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, “Where is your faith?”

Are we resting in Him? Giving Him our everything? Where is your faith?

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