Faith & Doubt
Matthew 14: 22-32
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 1:34 PM
Stories of great faith are seen throughout the Bible. Take Peter for example. It took great faith for him to step out in the water of crashing waves to walk to Jesus (Matthew 14:22-27). But even his faith was surrounded by waves of doubt.
Peter said “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” Now, If is a small word, but let’s take a look in context. The disciples had just seen Jesus feed the 5,000 plus miraculously. And, they were obeying Him by going to the other side. But then their circumstances changed. The wind started blowing and waves rocked the boat they were in. Not to mention it was between 3:00-6:00 am so it was undoubtedly dark. Not a place I would want to be.
But the disciples did as we often do when life’s circumstances crash in on us. We concentrate so much on our surroundings that we don’t recognize Jesus when He comes to us. We don’t recognize His voice in the storm.
When Jesus was walking toward the disciples they became afraid, calling out that “it is a ghost.” But Jesus told them to take courage, trust that it is Him and don’t be afraid.
Still unsure if the man calling out to them was truly Jesus or a ghost, Peter called out “IF it is You, command me to come to You.” Not only was their doubt (If...), He wanted Jesus to prove it really was Him (command me...).
We are not unlike Peter when the storms of life crash in on us. We say ‘IF it is You God, THEN do this or that’ or IF this is Your will, THEN do this or that.’ While all the time Jesus tells us again to do three things. Take courage, trust that it is Him and don’t be afraid.
I commend Peter on his faith of stepping out of the boat into the waves, but I am glad to know I am not the only one who tries to balance faith and doubt.
My prayer is, we all hear Jesus in the midst of our struggles saying to us: Take Courage - It is Me, Jesus - Don’t be afraid.
But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying,
“Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”