Matthew 14:28-29 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
It’s easy to be so afraid of making a mistake that you never get around to stepping out on faith. You can spend all your time wondering, “Is this faith? What if I exercise my faith for something and find out later I’ve missed God’s will?”
Don’t worry. God can handle any mistake you can make. I know because I’ve made plenty of them. When I do, I just go to the Lord and He tells me, “Stay on the Word. Together we’ll overcome this thing.” And we always do.
If you act on the Word out of the sincerity of your heart and you steadfastly stay with the Word, Jesus will never let you down…no matter how many dumb mistakes you make. He proved that the night Peter jumped out of the boat in the middle of the lake.
Have you ever stopped to think about that incident? Peter hadn’t been praying or seeking God’s will before he did that. On impulse he just blurted out, “Lord, if it’s You bid me come.”
What was Jesus supposed to say? He couldn’t very well say, “It’s not Me.” I suppose He could have said, “Wait a minute, your faith’s not strong enough to jump out. You should stay in that boat or you’re going to drown.”
But He didn’t say that to Peter–and He won’t say it to you. If you want to get out and walk by faith, He’ll get out there with you and pick you up when you start sinking. He’ll walk you back to the boat if He has to.
It’s better to risk being presumptuous than to waste your life in the boat of unbelief! If you have to, just dive into the water and say, “God, help me!”
Don’t let fear keep you from taking that step of faith. So go for it! Step out of the boat!