Hellen Keller once wrote, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” One of the key moments in life is when you realize the desires God has put in you are more important than the fear that shouts at you. Yes, the fear is real: the fear of failure, of what others think, of an unknown future…But deep down, you know you can’t remain dormant or passive. You need to step out in faith, trust the Lord, and say “yes” to his best for your life. Join us as we look at Scripture to see what steps of faith look like, how to take them, and how to grow into our calling.
1. 2 Peter 1:3-8, 10, Luke 5:1-5
- Before Peter could write instructions to us about faith (as he did in 2 Peter), he had to walk through the lesson of walking by faith himself. Luke 5 is an amazing example of how Peter learned about faith.
- In the Bible, names matter and usually represent something true about a person’s character. Before Peter was called Peter, he was called Simon, which means “to hear.” Peter means “rock.” The change of Peter’s name represents how Jesus was changing his character.
- In this story, Jesus (not a fisherman) is telling Peter (a fisherman) how to do his job. All of us will eventually have these experiences when we listen to Jesus––when he asks us to do things that feel impossible or unreasonable. Sometimes this means forgiving someone that feels impossible to forgive or praying for someone who appears to be beyond redemption.
- Faith is trusting God no matter how tough the odds are. Maybe our impossible circumstances are the backdrop for God’s miraculous work.
What is the “impossible” circumstance you’re currently facing? How is God changing your character in the midst of it?
2. Luke 5:6-11
- When Peter did what Jesus said, he caught so many fish his nets started breaking. Jesus not only provided, but he did far more. The nature of Jesus’ character is to do exceedingly abundantly above and beyond all that we can even think to ask.
- These fish were also a sign. Jesus was in the process of making Peter a fisher of men. He was changing his calling, moving him into something greater.
- Jesus didn’t give him all these fish frivolously so that they would lay on the shore and rot. They were provision for Peter’s family, provision that he might step into the Lord’s new calling for his life.
- When Jesus calls us to something that seems impossible, sometimes the deeper waters scare us because of the unknown nature of how the people in our lives will be provided for. But this is always the means by which God abundantly provides for us. It is the more loving choice for everyone in our lives that we go into deeper waters. When we jump, that is when we will see God come through for us and send abundant blessings.
- God is calling his people to be men and women of courage, willing to do whatever he asks, no matter how impossible it seems.
- All of us have both the voice of Simon and of Peter in our heads. Faith is the art of saying “yes” to Jesus’ invitation to life.
What is the great unknown (the deeper waters) the Lord is calling you into? What are the fears that keep you from stepping into that? What will you do now, based on the example of Peter?
Optional Follow-up Questions:
- What makes you say that?
- How do you feel about that?
- How would you explain your answer to a non-Christian friend or neighbor?
- Why did God design it to work that way? Why not just do (whatever else) instead?
- What would you say to someone who disagrees with that?
- Why do we really have to do it like that? Why can’t we just go (some other route) instead?