“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Matthew 14:29-30 (NIV)
We often look at the story of Peter walking on the water in terms of the fact that he eventually sank, but we must always remember that Peter was the only one who stepped out of the boat. On top of that, Peter knew who to call out to when he was overwhelmed by his surroundings. No matter what we think about Peter, we will never know if we will sink or swim until we are willing to step out of the boat, but either way we still have access to the One who can save us in the wind and waves. The call of Jesus is to step out of our comfort zones and leave the results to Him.
But the Lord said to Samuel, Look not on his appearance or at the height of his statue, for I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man see’s; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.
I Samuel 16:7 (AMP)
The amount of online access that we have with each other has created an inordinate focus upon outward appearances. Our Facebook status or Instagram update only increase the pressure to cultivate a “personal brand” that is carefully groomed for Internet consumption. Yet God has a different way of seeing things—he looks at the heart. What would it look like to take some of the time that we spend on managing our outward image and reallocate it toward cultivating the state of our soul before God? We may be uncomfortable at first, but we also may find a deeper sense of direction and satisfaction than any outward image can produce.
The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.
Psalm 118:22-24 (NIV)
This Psalm was originally attributed to the ordination of David as king of Israel. David was the king that was rejected by men, but David instituted a time of peace and prosperity that Israel had not known before. This was a time of celebration, but this Psalm also points to another King that was rejected and has now become the capstone, or the stone that becomes the reference for the rest of the building. Jesus Christ was rejected by men, but now Jesus offers us peace and prosperity in ways that we could never create for ourselves. God has done something marvelous, and in doing so, allows us to say, “This is the day the LORD has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.”