“Stepping out on faith” involves more than just confidently moving forward with an objective.
It involves surrendering to God’s will, prayer, patience, and obedience with faith that God will protect/deliver/provide as you move forward in His direction.
Where did we even get this “stepping out in faith” idea from anyhow???
PETER!!! Right? …Well how did Peter do it?
Peter waited until Jesus told him to step out of the boat before he “stepped out on faith”. He didn’t just step out of the boat simply because he was sure that Jesus was ABLE to keep him above the water. He consulted Christ first, received an answer, and then stepped out of the boat.
Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. About three o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them, walking on the water.
When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!”
But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!”
–> Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”
–> “Yes, come,” Jesus said.
–> So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink.
“Save me, Lord!” he shouted.
Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”
– Matthew 14:22-33 (NLT)
Too many of us get this backwards. We put so much at stake, sometimes making permanent life-changing choices, all because we make decisions before consulting God and waiting for His direction. Too often is this backward phenomenon driven by our own desires and sense of entitlement, all combined with our self-assurance that God will back us up…all the while we’re actually supposed to be following behind God and His desires.
So we “step out on faith” and make career decisions, take out loans, pursue marriage, etc. without clear direction from God or knowing whether or not what we are doing even lines up with His will for our lives.
Then, we succeed at it. We’re celebrated and praised by our peers and church friends – even church leaders.
“Look at God”, we say.
“I can do all things through Christ…”, we tweet.
The business plan gets finalized, we close on the house, get that degree, find ourselves on a honeymoon…or whatever…never realizing that we could actually be treading water instead of walking on it.
You have NO idea how deep the water is, when the next storm is coming, or where you’ll actually be in 10 years (let alone next year)….but everything will seem just fine as long as you can tread water.
Follow Peter’s example, and wait for Christ to tell you when you can walk on water.