When I think of a safety net, I think of what it means to have a plan b or other option. Something to fall back on just in case what you’re doing doesn’t work out. I think if we are honest with ourselves, we have a safety net for different areas of our life.
If I don’t get this job, or promotion, I have this other job to fall back on.
If he doesn’t ask me out, I have this other guy that I can go out with.
If this diet doesn’t work, I have another meal and exercise plan I can try.
I need a backup plan just in case this doesn’t work out how I want it to.
Cushion. We are looking for something to make us more comfortable.
I don’t mind tithing if I know I have money to cover it.
I don’t mind trying this new idea if I know it will work.
We are full of default choices and default responses. Just like we have comfort foods, we have comfort decisions.
It is much easier to walk only when we know where we are going. And it is much easier to speak when we know how it will be received.
I have no problem doing what you tell me to do as long as I know what is going is happen and if I agree with the logic behind it. Now if you are my husband and you ask me to fold your laundry or load the dishwasher a certain way, it is much harder for me to do it because I don’t understand it.
Does anyone else feel this way?
Friends, Jesus calls us to obey even when we do not understand, even when there is hesitation because we are unsure of what lies ahead.
Jesus said, “Come!” Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water to Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind, he was afraid. He began to go down in the water. Matthew 14:29-30
If I was Peter, I would want to know what was going to happen once I reach Jesus. If he could just tell me ,”Come you will be okay, walk with your head up and eyes on me and once you get here we will go back to to the boat.”
Then I will gladly go because I have the reassurance that I will be okay.
You can leave this job because this other job is going to work out.
Date him, he is the one that you shall marry.
By cutting out junk food and exercising more you will lose the weight you want.
I’ll have my safety net.
But Jesus did not say all of that, instead he commanded, “Come”. When Peter started to come, he noticed the forces against him and got scared and began to sink.
Oh boy, how I do this. I start being obedient and then become afraid when forces against me start to pile up. When things start getting tough I really want to throw in the towel and retreat back to my safety net. My default response.
We know that with the spirit of God inside of us, we are called to walk by faith and not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7) Peter could not see yet that he would be okay as the wind blew, but he needed to have faith that he would be okay. Jesus points this out to him.
He cried out, “Lord, save me!” At once Jesus put out His hand and took hold of him. Jesus said to Peter,“You have so little faith! Why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:30-31
When opposition starts coming my way, I find myself crying to the Lord, and I can imagine him responding the exact way he did here.
Stephanie, why do you have so little faith, why do you doubt? Have I not shown my faithfulness to you day after day, time and time again? Have I not kept my promises to you? I have already told you what you need to do, why do you second guess me?
We start to doubt when we are afraid. Fear is present where love is absent. We will not fear when we trust and we will trust when we love.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear 1 John 4:18
We are called away from our safety nets and comfortable cushions we set up to protect ourselves. We must act with out understanding or reassurance of the future.
We need to focus on God’s perfect love.
His perfect love will allow us to trust and trusting will allow us to faithfully walk the path he laid out for us long ago.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
Sweet friends, Let us go out the week and seek comfort in a new safety net, our safety net of redemption from the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross.
Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30