Wednesday, August 13, 2008

What Got Into You?

Dear Friend:

Did you ever stop and ask at a gas station to get directions? Then you start pulling away from the station and slow down and ask “is this the right way?” WHAT GOT INTO YOU?

That is the same thing that happened to Peter in Matthew 14:28-31. Jesus walked out into the water the disciples saw him and thought it was a ghost. Jesus says “have courage, it’s me. Don’t be afraid. Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.” He said, “come ahead.” Peter jumped out and walked on the water and waves churned up below his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!” Jesus reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, “Faint -Heart , WHAT GOT INTO YOU?”

I think I can be just like Peter. Jesus tells me not to be afraid. I do the right thing by going to Jesus in prayer and asking “is it you who is leading me this way and if it is you tell me which way to go.” He gives me the green light to go, but I loose my nerve and start to doubt. What got into me? Fear!

It is so easy to judge Peter. After all just before the boat incident Peter watched Jesus feed 5000 people. I know God works in my life and I see Him work in others. I don’t know what to say, but pray.

Dear God: Give me the faith to believe. Thank you for teaching me to come to you first before I do something. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

I do like one thing though Peter talked to Jesus and asked Him. There are many people out there that won’t stop for directions, um(we won’t mention that men are known for that). Making decisions can be hard enough, pray, listen and wait and then go.

Trying not to loose my nerve,