In most self-help books risk-taking is highly praised. But your risk-taking must be in obedience to God. If you are a "Type T" (the thrill-seeking personality) you are particularly at risk here. Boredom can make you vulnerable. it can tempt you to solve your problems by making a rash decision that is not in line with God's will. The line bewteem "thou shalt not be afraid," and "thou shalt not be stupid" is one that is easily blurred. Knowing when to get out of the boat and take a risk doesn't just call for courage, it calls for wisdom to ask the right questions, discernment to recognize the Master's voice, and patience to wait till He says "Come."
In the midst of the storm, Jesus came to His disciples walking on the sea. and when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid." Immediately after Jesus spoke to them, Peter was the only one that had the spritiual acuity to respond to Jesus' voice. Peter says, " Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." When Jesus said, "Come", Peter stepped across the side of the boat and started toward Jesus walking on the water. (Matthew 13:24-31)
Peter was the first one to discern the voiceof Jesus' call. It was a spiritual calling that defied the laws of nature and the extraordinary circumstances that surrounded him. But he stepped out in faith, knowing that the one who called him is failthful, able to sustain, and save him in a moment's notice. When God calls us, He is not expecting us to respond and do the work according to our own strengths and abilities. He will however, works through our individual personalities to accomplish His purpose through our lives. The other disciples remained in the boat. They too, had been around Jesus, heard His messages and saw the miracles that He performed. But their fear and respect for Mother Nature, kept them clinging onto the sides of the boat. They did not take the chance nor entertain the thought of doing what Peter did that night.
It is always wise to count up the cost, be reflective, use wisdom, and pray before answering the call of the Lord. No one can go with you, before you, or make you answer that call. It is a personal decision that must come from your innermost being, your heart. Tomorrow we are go ing to continue discussing, "Discerning God's Call." I pray you were blessed reading the first of a four part message on this topic.
And as always: "Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers."