Summertime means pool time. With our kids getting older, the swimming pool is where we are spending some of our afternoons. When I tag along, one of the favorite things the 2 littles like to do is to jump into the pool and let me catch them. “Daddy catch me!” Sometimes just to mess with them I’ll look the other way as their getting ready to jump and say, “Oh look, a squirrel!” Most of the time I look back fast enough to catch them. ;-) They put a lot of trust in me to catch them when they jump.
We started a new sermon series entitled “Trust God”. This experience gave me a picture of what my trust for God can look like. “Daddy, Catch me!” Have you ever felt like you're jumping into the deep end with God? You hope He catches you as you put your faith and trust in him. I think many of us through our spiritual journey have to learn how to really put our trust in God for every area of life, especially our future.
If you were to picture your trust in God as a platform or table, there are 4 legs (foundations) that are absolutely essential to be able to walk in that trust.
The four foundations with corresponding verses are:
Believe God loves you.
John 3:16, Romans 8:37-39
Believe God is good.
Psalm 119:68 - "You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees."
Believe God has the power to help.
Psalm 62:11 "One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: 'Power belongs to you, God.'"
I Cor 6:14
Believe God wants to help and He will help.
Psalm 46:1 "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble."
If one leg is broken, our trust will falter.
The story of Peter in Matthew 14:22-33 is one of my favorite accounts of trusting in the command of Jesus. Go check it out! The question I had to answer for myself was “Why did Peter sink?” Was it because he couldn’t walk on water? No, he did it. Was it because he lacked interest or effort? No, he asked for permission and was in the process of walking. Peter sank because he began to doubt what Christ had commanded him to do. Verse 30 says Peter saw the strength of the wind, took his focus off Jesus, saw his circumstances, forgot the command, and then sank.
Is my problem bigger than the command I’ve been given? Fear will cripple God’s future plans for me. Peter’s problem wasn’t his awareness of his surroundings, but that he allowed his awareness of his surroundings to become fear, which in turn overcame his faith and trust in Jesus. It was in that moment that Peter forgot who was more powerful, the wind and waves or Jesus. This lesson is for us today, isn’t it? Who’s more powerful, my circumstances or Jesus? Are you ready to jump into the pool? Take Jesus’ command and boldly do the impossible and supernatural. Just like my kids said to me, we can say to our heavenly father, “Catch me Daddy!”
Let's trust God together.
New Life Worship Center - Beulah