Rock the boat!

In Matthew 14:22-23 we read about Jesus and Peter walking on the water.  Peter saw Jesus walking on the water and Peter went out to meet Him.  But Peter saw the storm and started to sink, he called out to Jesus, “Lord, save me!”, and Jesus reached down and pulled Peter out of the raging sea (verses 30-31).

Jesus will do the same for us today!  He will reach down and help pull you out of your life’s raging sea.  But some of you are thinking right now: I have already called out “Lord, save me!”, but nothing is happening.  You are still sinking and you are just about to go under!  Look at verses 28-29:

 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”  He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.

Peter asked Jesus to call him, and He called.  And then, watch this now, Peter got out of the boat.  Jesus has taken the first step, He died for you and me, then He called us to follow Him.  In Matthew 16:24 Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me”.  It’s now our turn to take a step, to get out of the boat and go to Jesus, then He will reach down and pull us to safety.

Have you considered my servant Job?

In 1 Peter 5:8, Peter describes Satan as a “roaring lion, seeking someone to devour”.  He also says the Devil “prowls around”, he sneaks and paces and searches for someone – you and me – who he can turn away from God.  Peter says to “resist him”, or “standfast” in verse 9.

Resist? Standfast? How in the world do we resist a roaring lion, you ask?  God always has an answer, but this time we look at a question God asked as an answer:

Have you considered my servant Job?

Job 1:7 reads: The Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.”

Sounds like Satan was doing that prowling thing right?  Throughout the book of Job, the Devil stalks, prowls, and tries his best to devour God’s servant Job.  But he couldn’t do it, no matter what he threw at Job, he resisted.  How?  Lets go back to 1 Peter.

Peter says in verse 9 to “Resist him, firm in your faith”.  Job stayed firm in his faith, even though he lost all of his possessions and his family, even though his closest friends and even his wife told him to abandon God.  Job stayed faithful and trusted in God.  Peter tells us the same thing in verse 10: “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”

Never lose sight of the Cross, stay strong and resist the world, and God will pick you up and dust you off.