Do not be timid or shrink back when you are surrounded by your giants, but see your giants as opportunities for God’s power and might to win your battles.
Most of us want a medal every time we do something for God, but He is not about to let Peter or us build a monument to our accomplishments, especially when we are just beginning. If this miracle [walking on water] of Peter’s were done by some of us here in America, in two weeks we would have tours, T-shirts and commemorative celebrations of the day we walked on water. But Jesus will allow none of that for His disciples. He sees greatness emerging in Peter, and He will not press His disciples toward anything other than conformity to His character. Remember: God’s goal is that we become Christlike. Therefore, the real Jesus is going to call us to do the impossible. Walking with God means that we will be called to do what we have never done before. You will see Jesus ahead of you, probably in some kind of storm, but it will be the beginning of a miracle that will change you and touch the world around you.
If any are inclined to despond, because they do not have… patience, let them be of good courage. It is in the course of our feeble and very imperfect waiting that God Himself, by His hidden power, strengthens us and works out in us the patience of the saints, the patience of Christ Himself.
It becomes Christians to pray for peace and quiet, but not to abandon steadfast faith and truth, even at the peril of death.
Courage, which God gives is like a mother taking hold of her child who is out of control with so many faults and failures, who is now very unhappy and begins to cry. She takes his hand and gives him a new chance: “Now, let’s try that once more.” Courage, courage—so God speaks to us when we are disgusted with ourselves.