Friday, February 1, 2013

Faith and Fear in the Midst of Change

Both faith and fear are likely to show up when change is on the horizon. People of faith have to choose faith no matter what the circumstances and we have to keep choosing faith until it becomes a habit. In Matthew 14:25-33 both fear and faith were on the scene. When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water at 3 o’clock in the morning they were terrified. Jesus told them to take courage and stop being afraid. Peter heard and chose faith instead of fear. Peter told the Lord “if it’s really you, then command me to come to you on the water”. Jesus said one word—Come—and Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. That was faith walking for sure. But then the wind came and Peter chose fear. That fear caused him to sink but thanks be to God Peter had the sense to call on Jesus.

God is doing so many new things in our lives that we have to be ever so careful to choose to walk by faith even when the winds of change come.  God is in the midst of uprooting many of us and He’s not saying any more to us than He said to Peter. The word of the hour is ‘Come’—keep heading in the direction of Jesus and do what he commands you to do even if it means doing something you’ve never done before. Be sensitive to His voice. Don’t take your eyes off of Him.

 I heard a mother of an autistic boy in Food Source say, “Come, come here”. The boy replied “where are u. I don’t see you.”  He was kind of walking around in a circle nearby in the frozen food section but he couldn’t figure out that she was just a few steps away. Well, that Mom knew her child well, so she said “Come in the direction of my voice, Son. Come.” That simple instruction made the difference for the boy and it will make the difference for us too.

We don’t have to make this season of change complicated, nor do we have to succumb to fear. We simply must obey our Lord one word at a time—just keep heading in His direction. So now who’s ready to walk on the water?

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