In Seminary when courses got difficult, we were often discouraged. My friend and I came up with a saying we would repeat to each other for encouragement. “The same God who called you to it will see you through it.”
We believed that God had called us to Seminary and even in the midst of challenges, God would bring us through it.
How many of you have ever felt like God was calling you to do something? When Peter least expected it, Jesus called him to get out of the boat and walk toward him on the water. The great news is that the same God who calls us to do something with our lives is faithful and doesn’t abandon us after we respond. The God who called you to it will see you through it.
Sermon Study Questions: Matthew 14:22-33
- Can you remember a time in your life when you felt like God was calling you to do something and get out of the boat?
- What caused Peter to begin to sink? What might cause us to sink when God calls us ‘out of the boat’?
- In the story, Peter is having a direct conversation with Jesus. What ways does Jesus speak to you in your life?
- The Bible tells us to “test the spirits;” (1John 4:1) how do you know when it is God calling you to do something, rather than a personal preference or something else?
- What area of your life right now do you feel that you need to surrender to God, and trust in His plans? (your faith, work, home life, etc.) Has anything been on your heart recently that God is calling you, your family, or this church to do?