So many of us are swimming in our own seas and stormy water. It could be a sea of despair, a sea of doubt, a sea of hatred, a sea of brokenness, a sea of addiction, a sea of hurt, a sea of _______________. And oftentimes we are not the first ones to jump into the water. We may have watched our mother or our father, or grandparents, or cousins swim in this sea as well. We may have even been thrown in the water. In fact, I would venture to say some of us were born among the waters of whatever it is that binds us. And if we were born among the waters, sometimes we don’t even recognize what we are swimming in.
How much do you believe in your ocean? How much do you believe that your pain, and hurt, and bondage, and whatever it is that you are swimming in, exists for you? Do you believe it is real? Of course you believe it is real. If you are anything like me, it affects every decision you make every day of your life. Now let me ask you this. How much do you believe in Christ’s ability to set you free from anything in that ocean that hinders your ability to walk in perfect freedom with him? How much do you believe that he has the power to set you free from anything that binds you? I find that I am much more confident in the power of my own bondage than I am in the power of Christ to set me free. In essence, I believe in my bondage, my ocean of brokenness, more than I believe in the God of the Universe.
Faith is all it takes to walk on the water. Faith is all it takes to rise above our circumstances whatever they may be. Faith that Christ can break the chains of any and everything that binds you. Let’s ask God to give us the faith to walk on the waters. And then let us do everything we can to believe that he is who he says he is, and we are who he said we were, sons and daughters of the most high God, and because of this, there is no power on heaven or earth than can keep us from his love. He can break the chains that bind us, no matter how thick and heavy they may be. And he can lift us up from the oceans we are swimming in, and give us rest and a place to stand, a place to walk on the water. Let’s ask for a stronger and more powerful faith in him, a faith more powerful than the faith we have in our own bondage, a prayer like that he is sure to honor.