Which shoes go best with this outfit? What type of insurance is better? Should I send my kid to private or public school? Should I stay at my job or take another position? Is it time to move? And the list of what to do only continues to grow.
We are bombarded daily with choices, some small and others, large. From the beginning of our day to the time we settle for bed, we are swarmed with overwhelming amounts of decisions. Often, we announce our decision confidently, no what if’s, but’s, or maybe’s, only complete certainty. Until, difficult things arise, revealing doubt and confusion.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO.
There’s a story of Peter in the bible. And for anyone who doesn’t know the character of Peter, let me tell you, him, and I are the same. He’s the individual who starts off confident, and then immediately doubts himself. He’s bold, yet also timid. And still hasn’t quite figured the whole when to speak/not to speak thing out.
In Matthew 14:21-30 we find the story of Jesus walking on water in the midst of a storm to the disciples. And I want to focus on one main part of the story,
“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. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Peter was bold to step out of the boat because he knew Jesus was the one he received his confidence in. As he stepped out of the boat, eyes fixed on Jesus; he was doing the impossible, walking on water. But as he stepped out of the boat, out of his comfort, the waves and winds were felt intensely. Water is slapping his face, winds crashing against his body, and all could think was, “did I really hear Jesus say come?”
He started losing his confidence in Jesus, taking his eyes off of him to the storm surrounding him, now causing a storm within him and he began to sink. Immediately though, Jesus was there to catch him.
You and I are going to find ourselves placed in positions where we don’t know what to do. We will make a choice and doubt ourselves, question our ability to hear God, and find ourselves like Peter sinking and in desperate need of Jesus to rescue us.
Here’s the cool thing though. People often miss the power in this story. Many view Peter’s attempt as a failure, but that day Peter succeeded in Jesus’ eyes. Jesus saw Peter do something that He always knew was in him. Peter’s boldness and confidence shined, as he trusted Jesus with the impossible.
You see, Peter’s name was Simon, which means, “to listen and to hear” “reed like and pliable in nature.” When we weave these together, we find a name that could mean one who is bent in the direction of what they hear and listen to. And Jesus changed his name to Peter, which means, “rock,” someone who is bold and confident and doesn’t rely on or listen to others opinions.
Like Peter, you and I have also received a new name, one that is covered in confidence. The enemy loves to operate in confusion and convince you that you don’t hear God’s voice; because he is terrified of your destiny, but remember God is not a God of confusion.
When you don’t know what to do, turn to THE source, the one who gave you your confidence to do the impossible.