Good morning, DearHeart,Risk. Pete comes to mind when I think of taking risks. Peter is probably my favorite of Jesus’ close peeps. He was the risk-taker. He took the trust-step, right off the side of the boat. And, can’t you just see “the others”, from the safe wooden platform, life jacket within reach, shaking their heads, rolling their eyes, very possibly heckling: “here he goes again”, “Pete, quit being stupid, you’re gonna drown”, “he’s losing it, guys”.
We know the story. Peter began to sink … we hear people and sermons on how Peter FAILED to walk on the water, but that is not the way my Bible reads. My Bible says that Peter walked on the water to go to Jesus:
“And, He said, “Come”. And when Pete was come down out of the ship, HE WALKED ON THE WATER to go to Jesus.” Matt 14:29
Beloved, this is not failure! Peter asked a huge thing of God. No wonder God used him in such a fantastic way during the days that followed.
He’s also guilty of denying Jesus – but he was close enough to get caught. He had taken the risk to be close. No wonder he was the one chosen to preach the BIG sermon on the Day of Pentecost.
Mmm, it seems there have always been creators and criticizers. Some trust, even if it’s only about 77% worth, (or 7%!) that’s faith enough. Others watch securely from the deck in their chaise lounger with lemonade in hand, placing bets on your demise. Unfortunately, in the end, they are the ones that will be haunted by their missed opportunity. They could’ve walked on the water, too. They could’ve chosen to show up and participate in the opportunity.
What “risk” is the God of the Angel Armies asking you to take? What victory does He have in store for you when you step right off the edge?
Take His risk.
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