June 18 Don’t Think Now, Take The
“And Peter . . . walked on the water to go to Jesus.
But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid.” Matthew 14:29-30
The wind was actually boisterous, the waves were actually high, but
Peter did not see them at first. He did not reckon with them, he simply
recognized his Lord and stepped out in recognition of Him, and walked on the
water. Then he began to reckon with the actual things, and down he went
instantly. Why could not our Lord have enabled him to walk at the bottom of the
waves as well as on the top of them? Neither could be done saving by
recognition of the Lord Jesus.
We step right out on God over some things, then self-consideration
enters in and down we go. If you are recognizing your Lord, you have no
business with where He engineers your circumstances. The actual things are, but
immediately you look at them you are overwhelmed, you cannot recognize Jesus,
and the rebuke comes: “Wherefore didst thou doubt?” Let actual circumstances be
what they may, keep recognizing Jesus, maintain complete reliance on Him.
If you debate for a second when God has spoken, it is all up. Never
begin to say – “Well, I wonder if He did speak?” Be reckless immediately, fling
it all out on Him. You do not know when His voice will come, but whenever the
realization of God comes in the faintest way imaginable, recklessly abandon. It
is only by abandon that you recognize Him. You will only realize His voice more
clearly by recklessness.