The Faith in Taking Risks

“ ‘Lord, if it’s you,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to you on the water.’ ‘Come,’ he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.”

– Matthew 14:28-29

Another highlight of my trip to Israel was the Sea of Galilee and its beauty. I said to my daughter, “Look, Haven, there’s the Sea of Galilee. One of the greatest men who ever lived walked on water there.” In this case, his name was Peter. Yes, Jesus walked on water, but Peter did as well. The story of Peter makes me smile because he is the one who sees Jesus walking on water and thinks that he should do what the Rabbi does! He said, “…tell me to come to you…” And Jesus said, “Come.” He got out of the boat and started walking on the water!

Even though Peter began to sink after a few steps (the wind and waves frightened him) we have to be like Peter and take a risk for God! Understandably, many financially secure people may be reluctant to put themselves at risk, harm their reputation, bruise their ego, or appear foolish. These things can prevent people from taking big risks for God. Remember that when rabbis call disciples, they expect them to emulate them. We are called to be change-makers and emulate Jesus! 

Friend, Peter teaches us a lot, so what can we learn from him? To walk on water, you have to get out of the boat! It’s probably a phrase you’ve heard before. The good news is that you can do something. You can take positive actions that will help you achieve God’s purpose in your life. Sometimes you have to take crazy risks in order to see God’s power and faithfulness in action. In fact, I would like to encourage you to do exactly that!


Father, give me the courage to step out with faith and take risks.


 Are you taking positive actions that will help you achieve God’s purpose for your life?

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