Stepping Out in Faith

Stepping Out in Faith


Matthew 14:28-29 (NIV)

“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.

Today, let’s reflect on Peter’s bold step of faith. I’VE READ THIS STORY about Peter hundreds of times. Each time, I’ve imagined what that mystical encounter with Jesus must have been like—seeing Jesus’ ghost-like figure on the water, taking that first step out of the boat and finding an impossibly firm footing below.

Yes!—I’d think. I want that! I want to be like Peter. To be bold, a risk-taker, the first to step out in radical faith.

On the surface, this desire is admirable. We’re all encouraged to be brave like Peter, stepping out onto the water in faith. That first step is trust—trusting God to, say, make the budget miraculously stretch to the end of the month. Trusting Him to heal when the test results are grim. Trusting Him to protect our kids, our spouses, our own lives. Bold faith is a good reason to step out of the safety of the boat.  Just like Peter, we are encouraged to step out of our comfort zones and trust in God, even in the face of adversity. The moment Peter stepped out of the boat and onto the water, he defied natural laws and walked towards Jesus. It was a testament to the power of faith. Likewise, we are called to take courageous steps of faith in our lives, even when circumstances seem daunting. When we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, He enables us to do the seemingly impossible. Take a moment to consider a situation in your life where you need to step out in faith, trusting that God will provide a firm foundation. Pray for the courage to take that first step and the faith to keep your focus on Jesus through life’s storms. It’s a powerful reminder that faith can lead us to do extraordinary things. 


Reflect on moments in your life when you’ve taken bold steps of faith. What challenges did you face, and how did your trust in God sustain you?

Are there areas where you currently need to step out in faith, trusting that Jesus is with you?