I believe that everyone has a hiding place. Everyone has a place they want to run to when they experience fear or worry or anxiety.
I also believe the greatest purpose of your life can not be discovered while you’re hiding.
Matthew 14:29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
The boat is safe, secure, and comfortable. On the other hand, the water is rough. The waves are high. The wind is strong. There’s a storm out there. And if you get out of the boat—whatever your boat might happen to be—there’s a good chance you might sink.
But if you don’t get out of the boat, there’s a guaranteed certainty that you will never walk on the water. If you want to walk on the water, you’ve got to get out of the boat.
So let me ask you a very important question: What’s your boat? Your boat is whatever represents safety and security to you apart from God himself.
When you’re hiding you might be surviving, but when you’re hiding you’re not thriving.
You know one of the most interesting stories in Scripture is the journey of the Israelites. After 400 years of slavery God sets them free. What do they do with their freedom? They complain. They couldn’t stand the unknown. They couldn’t stand being out of the boat and being on the waves and having to trust God, so they actually beg to go back.
Want to know why some of you are stuck in your past?
Want to know why some of you are living lives of mediocrity?
You choose it. I know that may sound a little harsh, but it’s true isn’t it?
You’ve consciously—or maybe subconsciously—made a choice that you would rather stay in the predictable patterns of your past (no matter how painful they might be) than take a risk and venture into the unknown where you have to risk failure.
Sadly, for the Israelites, fear won out that day. We will never know for sure what might have happened had the people not allowed their fear to overwhelm them. That day, the Israelites proved to all of us that:
There’s a difference between being set free and living free.
I’m praying for you today as you consider stepping out of the safe and comfortable, and trusting God in new and exciting ways.