Walking On Water: Eight Questions For Leadership And Life

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 @ 4:47 PM

What can we learn about adversity and risk taking in leadership and life with this passage from Matthew 14:24 - 33? Research indicates the winds blew down the valley that formed the Sea of Galilee at a pretty good clip. It's very possible all 12 of the disciples got into a rather small fishing boat with a sail rig and were trying to tack back and forth against a strong wind and rough sea. Write down answers to the relevant questions that speak to your leadership and life.

1. 24 “”But the boat was already a long distance from the land”,

Where in leadership and or life are you a long distance from land? Where in life does it seem you are far away from a solution?

2.“[n]battered by the waves;

Where are you being battered by waves? What's knocking you back? Or battering you?

3. for the wind was [o]contrary.

What is contrary in your work or home life? What does your opposition look like?

4. In the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea (this was the latest night watch)

Where does it seem late in your work or home life? Too late? Where does seem too late on a project or with a person? Where are you tired?

5. They were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out [q]in fear

Where might you be mistaking God a for a ghost? What problem are you seeing as an opportunity or as a defeat?

6. Jesus said, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”

The dark and narrow passageway: Can you recognize a comforting voice in the dark and confusion?

7. Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 And He said, “Come!”

Where is it possible that God is asking you to come forward? Where might risk -taking be worth it? Can you invite others along?

8. And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”31 Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and *said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”

Where or how do you get distracted from God and what he has called you to? Are you majoring in the minors? Are you leading by fear or by faith?

Getting someone along side you to help you take calculated risks and walk by faith can help you grow at home, church and work.