If the homeless man on the street corner came up to you and told you that he was going to pay off all your debts; he was going to pay off your house, he was going to pay off your car, he was going to pay off your credit cards, he was even going to pay off your student loans, you would think he was crazy. But if Bill Gates came up to you, you would have a difference of opinion in whether or not he could pay off your loans. Why is that? It’s because of who the person is. It’s because you know, based on the person’s past, that they can do it or not. Because Bill Gates is the 37th richest country in the whole world you don’t blink an eye whether or not he can do it, but because the homeless man can’t rub two dimes together you have your doubts.
I find it very interesting what Peter says to Jesus in Matthew 14 right before he steps out of the boat in order to walk on the water. He says “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.” (See Mathew 14:28 NIV) Peter didn’t want to know if it was possible to walk on water. He didn’t want to know if it was safe. He didn’t want to know if it was water walking season. He didn’t want to know if it was going to hurt. He didn’t try to understand the situation. He didn’t even doubt what would happen. All Peter was concerned with was if it was Jesus who was walking on the water. He didn’t want to know anything else. Why did Peter respond like this? I believe it was because of the truth that the greatest indicator of God’s future faithfulness is His past provision. All through the book of Matthew we read about how Jesus opened blind eyes, how He healed the sick, how He fed five thousand people, and even how He raised the dead. Peter was an eye witness to this. Because of this, he didn’t need to know anything else, he just needed to know if it was Jesus.
What is it in your life that you’re trying to know everything else about? What is it that you’re trying to understand? What is it that just doesn’t add up? What is it that doesn’t make sense? Be like Peter and respond Jesus, if it’s you, I’ll step out of my comfort zone. Jesus, if it’s you, I’ll pack up and move. Jesus, if it’s you, I’ll go back to school. Jesus, if it’s you, I’ll get out of the boat. I’ve seen you provide in the past, I know you are with me in the present, and I believe you will be faithful in the future. Jesus, if it’s you.