Bid me come
“And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water.” Matthew 14:28
Have you ever been in a situation where you didn’t know what to do? Maybe you had an important decision to make and weren’t sure what was the right direction to go. How about when you hear something new from God’s Word and you aren’t quite sure that it means what you want it to? Well, in today’s scripture there’s a phrase that can lead you to take the right steps.
When Jesus’ disciples saw Him walking to them on the water, they were not sure it was Him. Even when He spoke to them and said who He was, they still weren’t sure. So, Peter asked Him to call him out on the water if it was truly the LORD. He said, “Lord, if it’s you, bid me come.” In other words, Peter was asking Jesus to make it plain and clear that it was Him by empowering Peter to go in His direction.
I have often used this same approach when I wasn’t sure what to do. At one point I wasn’t sure about something that was even in God’s Word because it is so widely debated in today’s “church”. So, I ask the LORD, “If it’s right, open my eyes to the truth.” I realize that isn’t the same question Peter asked, but it’s along the same line. I was actually saying LORD, if this is you, bid me come in that direction. The point is, that shortly after that, He opened doors and made connections to answer questions I had in that area and then made it very plain and clear that it was indeed of Him and the way I could walk closer with Him. He will do this with anything we are struggling with. Anytime we don’t know what the right move is to make, simply asking Him to “bid you come in that direction” will assure you of the right steps to take.
Today I want to encourage you to ask the LORD to help with anything you may be struggling with. Ask Him to “Bid you come” in the right direction for the situation you may be facing. Don’t stay in the “boat” of “I don’t know” or “I’m not sure”. Ask the Holy Spirit to make the path plain and clear. Ask Him to open the doors and make the connections to get you there. Ask Him to line up your desire with the right way, especially in the area of your spiritual growth and walk. Don’t let others’ unbelief keep you from all that God has for you in this life. Step out of the “boat” in faith, in His direction as He empowers you to complete all the wonderful plans He has for your life!
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 14:22-36
22 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.
23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.
24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.
25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.
26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.
27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”
28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”
34 When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret.
35 And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent out into all that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick,
36 and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well.