Matthew 14:28-33 (ESV) And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
The word “threshold” means the starting point of an experience, event or venture. Any place of entering or beginning. For Peter, the first step of faith was a big one. In the midst of a storm, when the other men were huddled in fear on the boat. Peter saw the Lord. Jesus called to them, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” Peter said, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” The threshold may be exciting and new but walking through it may be a whole other story. Peter got out of the boat but his confidence remained in the boat. When he saw the elements surrounding his journey, suddenly that sinking feeling of doubt began to drag him down. He was beginning to sink. The Lord saved Peter in the midst of his drowning. Lord, will you save us today?
Our new front door is beautiful. Rather than a solid panel, there is now beautiful leaded glass which allows glorious light to flood the foyer. It is an inviting entrance into our home. It is a magnificent exit to the world around us. The possibilities of life are met on the other side when one ventured from the safety and security of our home into the surrounding world. When the sun sets at the end of a long, arduous day – it is the place where peace and rest are found in comfort. If only we could see across the thresholds placed before us by the Lord, to see past the obstacle into the outrageous plan of God that awaits us. To exit confidently and mindfully aware that there is always more in the Lord and each day a new beginning with new opportunities to know Jesus and love Him more.
The threshold of our home is transparent but the doorway to new beginnings not so much. Faith requires a step into the darkness most days. It is a quiet calling to “come” in the midst of raging storms, trembling mountains, and rough terrain. To go beyond human comprehension into the realm of hope that doesn’t not yield a clear view of the journey just the promise of a wonderful destination. When I leave home today, there is not telling what the day will look like. My plans may fall apart. My expectation in people, place or things sadly unmet. It may be a horrible day for all I know but one thing is for sure each brand new day comes with new mercy to make it through. It holds a sufficient amount of grace even if I fail miserably. God’s Love is pursuing us today. His Goodness right there with Him. If we could only concentrate on crossing the threshold of His Presence – there is new life in each moment of every single day.
Psalm 84:10-11 (ESV) For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.
The Amplified Bible translates part of these verses to read – “I would rather stand (as a doorkeeper) at the threshold of the House of my God than live (at ease) in the tents of wickedness.” To live on the threshold of His Presence each day is the possibility of faith and confident hope in our life. It is not for everyone because it takes courage to react and respond to who we know rather than what we see. Experience can be a rough teacher. Life is full of hard knocks that make harden hearts. I have attended such a school. Even though Peter jumped over the side of the boat and failed miserably that day, the Lord was there to keep him from forever falling and drowning in the depths of his doubt. Jesus knows us. He can see right through our façade that is presented to the world each day. He wipes our tears cried in the darkness of night and every so lovingly places them in a bottle. One day the Lord will redeem those tears to water our faith and cause new life to spring forth in the deep crevices of our broken heart.
When Peter left the boat, it was a new beginning. A threshold or new beginning as the Lord unfolded the plan to begin the building of His Church in the belief of just one man. We want to go in groups. Who wants to be alone? Our hand on the knob ready to turn it – yet our heart wavering within us. What if? What about? Can I possibly? Must I go it alone? Where are you, Lord? The enemy will stand at the threshold of opportunity waving his hands furious and shooting fiery darts at our heart. If he can distract us or dissuade us, then we will not be victorious overcomers. He is on a mission. To destroy our confidence in the Lord and keep us hiding in the darkness rather than allowing us to make our way into a life of glorious light.
Isaiah 6:1-8 (ESV) In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”
On the threshold of new beginnings when things seem to be impossible, we must put our heart and mind in the Presence of God who knows the beginning from the end. Jesus has been with the Father from the beginning and knows the plan including the future and hope that promised to us. We must become attached and aligned with the person who knows our purpose rather than standing on the threshold recalling all the reasons we cannot do it or what could go wrong. Delayed obedience is disobedience. The daily mantra of my life. The longer we live the more experience there is to draw from. Life experience produces consequences but the encounters with the Lord become the birthplace of possibilities. No matter how it comes about the end is full of miraculous possibility if we only choose to believe.
God will shake the foundations of your threshold to move you from ordinary to extraordinary. He will make mountains move and ways where there seemed to be no way. What must I do? What is my part in His Perfect Plan? Trust. To be vulnerable and intimate with the Spirit of God will always require us to trust the Lord. He does not change so we will be the ones who do. He doesn’t lie so now our life will be governed by truth. Truth exposes every lie once hidden inside of us producing conviction to live in the Light of His Word and to put away useless things to fully embrace godliness simply because He is worthy. The more I know Him the more I love Him. The more I depend on the Lord the more I need Him. The more I trust Him the less like I am to turn back. Is the Lord shaking the threshold of your life today? The once comfortable, convenient and controlled environment you survived in is now being turned upside down so you will thrive. Will you go? Will you step over the threshold into a new life?
Revelation 3:20-21 (ESV) Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.
In John 21, Peter has another opportunity to cross the threshold of the boat to come to Jesus. When he knew it was Jesus on the shore, he left the boat, fish, fear, doubt and every insecurity to get into the Presence of the Lord. He had denied Christ three times and then watched Him die. Yet still when the next opportunity came to get out of the boat there was nothing in this world that would stop him from reaching His Beloved. It was a new beginning. As history reports, the life of Peter would end tragically according to this world but he would triumphantly enter the Kingdom of God. You have to lose your life to find it. You have to lose your life in Him. There is no new beginning on the starting side of thresholds. We must cross the thresholds set before us to enter in to the new thing the Lord has prepared for us.
Peter would fulfill his destiny. He would be the foundation of the early church. Nothing would ever separate him from the Love of God that He discovered in Christ Jesus. It all begins with Jesus. When He says, “Come.” Will you? When He wants to enjoy your company? Will you remain in His Presence just a little longer? Will you lay down your pride that demands comfort, convenience and control? Confidence in Christ begins in a humble moment of surrender. We awake each day to possibility on the threshold of something new and exciting to be discovered in our partnership with Christ. Will you cross the threshold today?
Luke 1:37 (ESV) For nothing will be impossible with God.