We’ve often heard the saying that if you want to walk on the water, you have to get out of the boat. This saying, of course, refers to Peter walking on the water to Jesus. At first, it’s certain that Peter was afraid, especially with the storm brewing around him. Taking that first step into something that seems impossible, even when God tells you to, can be a scary thing. But God wants us to put action to what we believe for. And like Peter, sometimes that step of faith may seem risky. Sometimes it seems silly, like Naaman dipping into the Jordan river not once but seven times to receive his healing. God instructed my husband to go to Bible school. But that meant leaving all that was safe and familiar and moving our family with two young babies into the unfamiliar. But we trusted God and obeyed. And He was faithful! God doesn’t usually just drop into your lap that which you desire or even what He has spoken to you. He expects you to act on His Word. The fruit of a tree doesn’t grow on the trunk. It grows on the branches. Sometimes, to obtain the fruit, you must go out on a limb!
Matthew 14:28-29 (NLT)
28 Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” 29 “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.
2 Kings 5:14 (NLT)
14 So Naaman went down to the Jordan River and dipped himself seven times, as the man of God had instructed him. And his skin became as healthy as the skin of a young child’s, and he was healed!