You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand
He’s in a boat and Jesus has appeared walking on the water, calling for him to step out. Calling him to walk on water. In that moment, as Peter swung his legs over the edge of the boat and touched the water, as he began to walk on the water, he was putting footsteps on his faith.
We all have opportunities to put footsteps on our faith. To step out of the boat and walk towards Jesus. To put our faith into action. It happens when we have the faith for healing – we need to step out and pray for the sick friend. When we have the faith for salvation – to share the gospel with those around us. It happens when we leave the security of the known to trust in Jesus for the unknown. It happens when we leave a place of understanding to one beyond comprehension.
For Peter, his security and understanding was the boat. The unknown and beyond comprehension was walking on water. He made the decision to step out of the boat and to put his faith into action. We need to take action and demonstrate our faith. To be like Peter and step out of the boat. It means making sure that our words, our attitudes and our actions line up and agree with our faith. And it is in our act of faith that we say yes to God. Yes to what He is calling us to do. Yes to following Him.
We can be reassured though, that when we put footsteps to our faith, He will not let us fail. May we be brave enough to put footsteps on our faith. To walk out what we believe.
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Saviour
(Oceans – Where Feet May Fail – Hillsong United)
Make my steps steady through Your promise” (Psalm 119:133)
I must confess, I was somewhat taken aback as to the absolute trust and confidence my 2 year old puts in my ability to catch him. Stuck at the top of a big slide, jumping into my arms was to him less of a risk than actually going down the slide. He had more faith than me. But then he had all the reason to have faith in his mum – I’d never missed before. Jumping into my arms was a sure bet in his eyes and in my arms, as there has been since he was born, was comfort and reassurance. He knew, even if I at that moment doubted myself, that I would catch him.
Fortunately for us, God does not have any doubts as to His ability to catch us. In fact it is us who are hesitant, doubting and unsure that He will be there to catch us as we take a leap of faith. It’s scary to step out and witness to someone, or to offer to pray for them. It’s scary to stand in front of a crowd to preach. And I think that often what really scares us is the fear that God won’t show up. That He won’t give us the words to say when we open our mouths. That He won’t be there to strengthen us. That He won’t catch us as we take that leap.
Indiana Jones faced a similar predicament. In the last of tests to reach the Holy Grail he has to take a literal leap of faith into an abyss. After he takes his first step into nothing a bridge appears. The Disciple Peter took a leap too – out of the boat and onto the water where he began to walk.
After we open our mouths to speak, God fills it. And He is with us always. When we take that leap, God is there.
I realised later that when my son jumped into my arms his eyes were fixed on me. That’s what we need to do. Eyes fixed on Jesus means a heart that won’t falter. It means we can walk on water. It means we can take the leap of faith.