06 Feb Called In Too Deep
“Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.” – Ps 42:7
What are you willing to sacrifice to go deeper with God? This is a question that I am faced with every few months. I feel like I have made sacrifices and I have gone deeper with God, but then He asks for more! He gave me the analogy of a beach and how there are different levels of depth progression. On the shore is where the most people and distractions are. Everything is visible and tangible, but then you decide to sacrifice a little and allow your faith to take you to the edge of the water. You get comfortable with that level, but you decide you want more. So you sacrifice again and allow your faith to take you into the ocean ankle deep, knee deep, waist deep, chest deep, and finally neck deep. By this time you are standing tiptoe as the water splashes up over your nose and mouth. Finally, the distractions of the shore are behind you and the uncertainty and vastness of the ocean is in front of you. Then your faith requests more. You are scared and as you tirelessly tread water fighting for what little self-security you have left you debate if you should swim forward or swim back to shore.
“And Peter answered Him and said, ‘Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.’ So He said, ‘Come.’ And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, ‘Lord, save me!’” – Matthew 22:28-30
Just as Peter we may ask the very same question as we hold onto our last bit of security before venturing out into the deep, but what we must understand is that we are not going out there alone. And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt (Matthew 22:31)?’” God is with us as He calls us deeper, and He will sustain you along the way. Yes, it may be scary to fully let go, but the victories will outweigh the tribulations.
Prayer: “Dear, Jesus please help my unbelief so I may say ‘yes’ to your leading as you call me deeper. Help me keep my eyes stayed on you, and to not become fearful of the situations that may surround me. Remind me that You alone are my Sustainer. In Your Name, I pray, Amen.”