Remember the story of Peter walking on the water in Matthew 14. As long has His focus stayed on Jesus, he could ignore the waves. But as soon as he looked to the side he allowed the waves to scare him. Faith has tunnel vision. You have to know what God has told you to do–or what you have asked God for and He has granted to you–and go forward, never wavering.
Allowing fear to change your course is detrimental to the straight path God set before you. If you know the direction you are to go and the decision has been made, don’t change course. I am walking on the water this week. Fear and doubt are like crashing waves trying to deter me from the calm water that is on Jesus’ path. But I can’t deny the direction I am heading in. Unmerited favor is opening up the path before me. Mercy and Grace are on the water as I walk where I know I should go.
It is like the calm in the middle of a hurricane. Now I must learn how to stay in the middle until it dissipates to a gentle rain. When it is just rain I will walk away, dry myself and be refreshed. The storm brews and gets intense in my mind. I will navigate the storm by remembering the promises of following God with all my heart.
The first scripture I memorized on my own was Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. It is amazing how God will bring back the basics in just the right time.
Trusting in the Lord with all my heart to me means to look straight at Him and nothing else. Lean not on your own understanding, tells me to not look at my understanding that the waves can stop me—but to know God won’t allow them to stop me if I focus on Him. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path –tells me that if I give Him all the glory my path will be easy and calm.
There is a trick to ignoring the waves. Use God’s word to combat them. The wave says fear what may happen—God says trust what I will do. The wave says you are wrong–God says you can’t go wrong if you follow me. The wave says doubt that God loves you—God says I will never leave you nor forsake you. The wave says you make too many mistakes—-God says I forgive you, follow me.
Simple faith is the best. We live in such a complicated world that it is hard sometimes to be simple. But when we slow down a little and allow God to open the path our walk is simple. Like follow the leader, just watch and obey. Mimic God’s words, actions and direction. And if you sink call out to Him and He will pick you up.
Enjoy walking on the water with me this week. I’ll be back next week with more.