This evening’s Sealed Order is brought to you by Kaitlyn Frits – our intern this summer. Many of you already know Kaitlyn, since she grew up in our church. But if you want to break down the privacy barriers join her on Facebook – A place where we dive to the deepest levels of friendship!… Click on the picture to go to her page.
Click the picture above to read the Bible passage: Matthew 14:22-33.
I was a part of a wonderful Christian University; an amazing Church community; a Christian group of friends and professors; and one of the best MOOCHER families in Birmingham. I was supposed to serve the following year as President of a National Honor Society; a leader of the 7th grade girls Core Group; and a Freshmen Connections Leader. So…why is it that God pulled me away from all of this at Samford University? EVERYTHING was going perfect, right? So why leave?
Well, although “Kaitlyn’s Calendar” had plans to stay at Samford, I had no doubt that God was simply smiling down from above, because He knew exactly that He had greater plans in store for me. And with those plans, He knew that it was going to take a huge step of faith on my part, as well as a test of my obedience. So, after much prayer for direction, the Lord spoke through several of my friends, as well as the song “While I’m Waiting” by John Waller. I knew God was speaking to my heart when I heard John Waller’s lyrics on 88.3 FM saying, “I will move ahead bold and confident, taking every step in obedience.” So, with all that, it was set- I was transferring to Valdosta State University.
Oh it definitely took faith to step out and move to a new school where I knew hardly anyone. I had to take courage and be obedient, trusting that God would provide and bless me with new friendships and a new church community. In a way this is similar to Peter’s experience of walking on water. Although we tend to focus on Peter losing sight of Jesus and sinking into the water, I think verse 29 is a powerful one. In verse 29 we see that Peter didn’t even question God’s instructions but whole heartedly stepped out in faith. This is exactly what we should do whenever God approaches us to make a step in a new direction.
11Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 12Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. – 1 Peter 2:11-12
So with that said, I have chosen to give you a very special NAMETAG that you can either write your name on and wear or simply use as a bookmark. This nametag is a reminder that when God places us in new, and even uncomfortable situations, we must remember that God is with us and, most importantly, that we should always be obedient and keep faith.
1. Close your eyes and picture yourself in Peter’s shoes. How would you have responded if Jesus had asked you to step out of the boat and walk to Him?
2. Have you ever felt like you have lost sight of Jesus? If so, reread verse 30-31 and see how Jesus immediately responds to Peter’s cry for help.
3. In what ways has God tested your faith recently or caused you to step our in obedience?