Troubled waters are where our King Jesus wants us. In Matthew 14:29, Peter and the disciples find themselves on a boat buffeted by the wind. They have reasons to be cautious, but Jesus has a different plan. Scripture says Jesus called Peter to come to Him, “So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus” (ESV).
When I look at the account of Christ calling Peter out of the boat onto the water, I realize this is a story of Christ’s power, and it teaches us how to live. Christ is always wanting to increase our dependence on Him. Our job is to ask what the Spirit is up to. Even if it is something we cannot do, if we are willing to just say “Yes” and step out of the boat, we can have a front row seat to watch Jesus do what only He can do.
For me, as I think of the future, I want to live out of the boat. Please hear me, this is not a call to recklessness but a call to faith. God will supply our needs as we walk with Him. God will speak to us if we will only listen—so please listen to His voice. Pray that we will not just do what works, but that we will walk in faith deeply dependent on God for all that we do.
Thank you for joining us and King Jesus in a work that will keep us out of the boat if we will trust and follow Him.
For God’s glory and our good,
Parker Street Ministries (PSM) is a 501c3 nonprofit in Lakeland, Florida that follows a Gospel-centered model characterized by living, listening, affirming dignity, and building community together in and through the Parker Street neighborhood. For more than two decades, PSM’s vision has been to see a city transformed by the power of the Gospel through building champions who make possible desirable neighborhoods, lifetime learners, financial sustainability, and healthy communities for all.