Some decisions in life are so big, so momentous, that it’s hard to commit fully — to wholeheartedly KNOW that you’ve made the best choice.
Often we devise a back-up plan in these circumstances, a just-in-case-it-doesn’t-turn-out cushion. There are several old sayings that give this advice: “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” and “Don’t bet the farm.”
Obviously, most of the time this is good council. It’s wise to diversify your assets and have contingency plans in place preparing for the worst.
However, there are also times when we are asked to go all in.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Proverbs 3:5 KJV
In poker, going all in means putting everything you have out on the table, knowing you are either going to win big or go out with a bang.
In life, God sometimes asks for that same show of faith. In Matthew 14, Jesus meets His disciples on the Sea of Gallilee — they in a fishing boat and He walking on the water. When Jesus calls to Peter, “Come,” the disciple responds appropriately, climbing out of the boat and walking toward his Savior. However, it doesn’t take long for Peter’s faith to tremble — understandably — as he takes his eyes away from his purpose. In that moment of fear, as the waves are pressing higher, can you imagine how much he might have wished the boat was still within arm’s reach?
But there was something better than the boat within Peter’s grasp, Jesus’ hand — outstretched and immediately available to catch him before he could perish.
Peter didn’t need a backup plan. When obeying God’s voice, there is no need for a plan B. His way is the best way and the only way we need to worry about. In fact, sometimes He may remove that fallback completely. When there’s nothing left to go back to, we can put all our faith, hope and trust in Him — who never fails.
And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
Matthew 14:26-32 KJV