“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6
“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
Putting aside all of the rest of the promises and assurances God gives us throughout the Bible and just focusing on these two short verses I find myself wondering why it is so hard to let go and exercise real faith. As we continue on our journey towards life and full time ministry in Honduras it is becoming more and more clear that either we have faith or we don’t. Either we have faith that the Lord is in control and He will guide and protect us or we don’t. Either we believe that the Lord will provide our needs or we don’t, and so on. There is no middle ground and it is a choice that we have to make time and time again.
The Apostle Peter found himself at a moment where he had this choice to make. He and the rest of the disciples were in a boat in the middle of a storm and they were very afraid. At a certain point they saw Jesus walking on the water towards them but they weren’t sure if it was really Him. Jesus told them to stop being afraid because He was there for them. Based on the account in Matthew there was still some question about who was walking on the water because Peter then said “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” (Matthew 14:28) Fortunately for Peter it was the Lord so Peter made the choice to get out of the boat. At that moment he became the only person, other than Jesus, to successfully walk on water.
Without a doubt each of you reading this has had at least one moment in your lives when you realized you were riding in a boat, a boat that was secure, safe, and familiar. You may have even had the feeling that it was largely because of your control that the boat was safe and secure. And then you saw the Lord a little ways away, and He said to you, “Come” because He had something for you. If you wanted to see what He had for you, then you had to get out of the boat and go to Him. The safety and security of the boat were not bad or wrong, the Lord simply had something else prepared for you. It was your choice to get out of the boat to find out what He had for you. He didn’t force you, you had to choose.
The time is here for us to choose to get out of our boat. Our boat has been the safety and security of Jean’s regular paycheck. The time is here for us to prove that we believe that the God of the Bible will provide all of our needs instead of just saying the words. We wish we could report to you that we are completely bold and courageous about this, not scared at all, but that wouldn’t be exactly true. And yet we know that we have to take this step of faith. We not only have to believe Philippians 4:19 and Hebrews 11:6 but we also have to put them into practice, by our faith. Would you please pray for our strength and faith to grow, and join us in praying for the Lord to provide all of our needs as we take another big step towards our life and ministry in Honduras?