I just love the way God put so many scenarios in Scripture for us to be able to go by.
Do you have issues with fear? So did many of the patriarchs and the disciples.
Do you have sin in your life that is unforgiveable? Hardly. Did you check out King David’s life? (2 Samuel 11) He is called “a man after God’s own heart” yet he committed adultery with a married woman, got the woman pregnant and then had her husband moved to the front of the battle and killed. So he takes Bathsheba to be his wife. The Lord is very displeased and the baby died 7 days after birth.
Do you have “open mouth, insert foot” syndrome? So did the apostle Peter…until the Lord changed him.
Peter is a great example to me. He was brash but Jesus made him bold in the Spirit. He did great things for God.
Matthew 14:22-32 (NIV), tells the story of Jesus walking on water. The part of the story I want us to notice is Peter.
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowd. 23 After He had dismissed them, He went up on a mountainside by Himself to pray. (don’t you think that if Jesus felt it necessary to go pray alone to the Father, that we should, too?) Later that night, He was there alone, 24and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. (can’t you just see it??? Jesus strolling on the water like it’s no big deal…well, because to the Creator of the universe, it’s not a big deal) 26When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” He said, “why did you doubt?”
When he saw the wind…
He took his eyes off the Lord Jesus and began to sink.
I found myself doing that yesterday. I kept focusing on being off anti-depressants for the 2nd day and I kept focusing on me. I have been dependent on anti-depressants for 12 years. I was scared. I took my focus off Jesus and began to focus inside. You do realize what happens when we do that, right? We implode.
Our pain, fears, problems and itty bitty quirks are no match for a mighty God. He is big enough to handle it. Give Him all of your issues, let Him deal with them. Focus on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our Faith (Hebrews 12:2). Stay focused. It is the only way to survive.