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Ordinary People, Extraordinary God

“Step out to the water and you’ll see what I believe
Come out to the water and you’ll see of whom I sing

For the seas are raging and the ocean grows
I see your arms are flailing as your panic shows
Look beyond the waves to the One who saves
Still this storm is waging with its fiercest blows
For your knees are shaking at your darkest woes
Look beyond the waves to the One who saves

So just as You have given grace to me
I’m pleading Father that their eyes will see
The clearest vision of Your love shown on Calvary
For redemption’s story’s in my heart may be seen through me

For the seas were raging as the ocean rose
These very bones are aching and my voice it grows
“Call out to God! Call out to God!”
The only hope is found in Him
“Cry out to God!”

Look to the One who calms the seas
His very words cause the storm to seize
I’m calling out, I’m crying out
So as You’ve given grace to me
Please Father give them eyes to see
Your blood, our sins. It did atone
Without You Lord I’m a sinking stone
I see your body sinking slow
And yet you still fight on your own
How long you’ll last I still don’t know
Don’t you know you’re not alone

Step out to the water and you’ll see He won’t deceive
Come out to the water and you’ll see what trust can bring
Cry out to God!

For the seas are raging and the ocean grows
I see your arms are flailing as your panic shows
Look beyond the waves to the One who saves

So just as You have given grace to me
I’m pleading Father that their eyes will see
The clearest vision of Your love shown on Calvary
For redemption’s story’s in my heart may be seen through me

Step out to the water those with faith can receive
Come out to the water and you’ll see the risen King”

(Song belongs to the band Wolves at the Gate)

Steps of Faith–that is the Christian Life. At no time does God simply want us comfortable in our lives. Well, actually He does and He doesn’t. What I mean by that is God doesn’t want us to get into a routine in our everyday living where we can learn to expect certain things to happen. But He also does want us to get comfortable with what He asks of us to do–because ask, He will. And people look at great leaders of the Church, and they say, “Man, I could never do those things.” But here’s the thing about that–God usually takes everyday run of the mill people to do His work–why is that?

Well, while listening to a sermon by Ken Davis, I heard the answer. God doesn’t look for extraordinary people to do His work, He looks for ordinary people who will trust an extraordinary God. Abraham, Jacob, Isaac, Joseph, Moses, David, etc. all were normal people, but put their trust and faith in a God they could not see or touch, but believed He would come through on His promises.

You see, when God is pulling at you in a certain direction, asking you to do something, or right at that moment, go and talk to that person who is by themselves–it can be frightening. What are we frightened of? The unknown. We ask God to a bunch of “What Ifs” type questions, because we want to know what will happen next. We hate the unknown. We want to know what will happen next, and so that helps to overcome our fear.

But is it really overcoming that fear of the unknown if we’re told what the answer will be before we even strike up the conversation with the person?

Answer: NO.

You see, it’s a false sense of courage if we’re given the answer beforehand. Soldiers and police officers face the unknown everyday. They have no idea if that day will be their last, but they have the courage to face the day, face the unknown, and still do their jobs. And at the end of the day, when they’ve survived whatever they had to in the course of their jobs, they breathe a sigh of relief.

God calls us to step out of our comfort zone, and on to the water to see what HE is capable of doing through us. Remember, it is by taking those steps of faith, that people see the most and see the power that God can work through us and what He can accomplish in their own lives. That faith is the glory we give to God–because we, as followers of Christ, admit that we cannot do anything on our own for our salvation, that salvation is a gift of God, and our faith exemplifies our trust in Christ for that salvation as well as giving glory.

In the gospels, we see the disciples in a boat, trying to get across the lake to the other side–get to safety. These were experienced fisherman, and as they were sailing, a huge storm came upon them and they became frightened–they couldn’t get anywhere because of the storm. They couldn’t do it on their own. Then they see what they think is a ghost and they become even more frightened. But it’s really Jesus walking on the water, and he tells them not to worry, and Peter calls out to Jesus asking that if it is his will, to let him come out of the boat and come to him on the water. Peter wanted to meet where Jesus was at, and not let Jesus come to him. Peter realized that Jesus is where the safety was, and that everything would be alright if he could just reach him. Jesus says to Peter, “Come.” And Peter steps out of the boat and on to the water. Peter was walking on water! But as he was walking, he took his eyes of Jesus and saw how angry and tumultuous the waves were. And he became frightened, then he began to sink. Jesus ultimately saved him, pulled him back into the boat, and as soon as they were there, the waters calmed themselves. And Jesus said to Peter, “Oh, you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 

Steps of faith are the hardest things to take, even after God has demonstrated to us repeatedly what He can be capable of. The smallest steps of faith can move a mountain, and all it takes is an ordinary believer to trust an extraordinary God to move that mountain when we ask Him to.

So, what you join God, Jesus, and I out on the water?

Thomas

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