Those who don’t get out of the boat

In Matthew 14 we read of where Jesus had sent the disciples by ship to the other side of the lake. Later on He Himself came walking across the water. At first the disciples were afraid but with a word of reassurance that it was Him their fears were settled. This led to Peter making a most unusual request,

V 28,29 “And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.” Yes, after he got out and starting walking to Jesus he took his eyes off Jesus and began to sink and had to be rescued by Jesus. But at least he got out of the boat.

Many don’t want to get out of the boat that they are traveling on life’s journey with such as the other 11 disciples. Here are a few reasons why they don’t want too:

1. Some don’t get out because they are comfortable where they are at in life, they don’t need to take any chances.

2. Some don’t get out because they have tried to climb out before and something went very wrong for them. Getting out at that particular time was not in God’s will. They got hurt or fell into sin and as such they think they are better off where they are at. No need to take another risk. They don’t get out because they don’t understand that previous opposition was part of the plan. It was there to help them grow but they took it the opposite way.

3. Some don’t get out of the boat because they never were saved (Judas Iscariot).

4. Some don’t get out because they feel there is no need to make a change.

5. Some don’t get out because they are active in sin.

6. Some don’t get out because they realize that THEY CAN’T do it on their own.

7. Some don’t get out because they don’t recognize that God has enough power to help them succeed.

8. Some don’t get out because they doubt that it really is God calling them out, that it really is His will for them to be on the move. Perhaps others discouraged them by telling them that the desire to get out and do something is just in their head.

9. Some don’t get out because they are accepting their fact that they are nobody. That they don’t make any difference.

10. Some don’t get out of the boat because they don’t know what they want.

11. Those who don’t get out of the boat because they are indecisive; they can’t make up their minds. Do they want what is out of the boat more than what they already have in the boat.

With careful study I might could link all 11 to each one of the reasons given but I think we all get the point. The blessing God has for us are not just found in the places of safety. Many times we find they are waiting in the water for us.

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