Devotional: ‘When Christ Commands Us to Have Faith’

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Matthew 14:28 “Lord, if it’s You,” Peter answered Him, “command me to come to You on the water.” 29 “Come!” He said. And climbing out of the boat, Peter started walking on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strength of the wind, he was afraid. And beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out His hand, caught hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” CSB

In Hebrews chapter 11 we read a list of men and women who by faith did many great things.

By faith – Noah built an ark even when it had not yet rained
By faith – Abraham and Sarah conceived a child
By faith – Gideon made enemy armies run

By faith all of these men and women did many great things; yet we must note that in all of their situations – their faith was a response to God’s command. Noah did not decide to build a boat and then ask God to bless it. Gideon did not launch out on a military campaign and then ask God to protect him. God gave each of these individuals an impossible task and then commanded them to trust him.

George Mueller wrote – “Faith is the assurance that the thing which God has said in His word is true, and that God will act according to what He has said in his word…”

Many years ago I read a biography about George Mueller. Writing these devotionals has encouraged me to do so again. I distinctly remember one thing I read about Mueller and his faith. George Mueller made it a practice to read scripture while on his knees. He did so in order that he might pray according to God’s Word. Rather than dreaming up great dreams and asking God to bless them, Mueller sought to know more about what God had already determined to do. Mueller’s acts of faith were his response to the Lord’s commands. On one occasion Mueller read –

Psalm 68:4 Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name, and rejoice before him. 5 A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.

When Mueller read that God was a ‘father of the fatherless’, he realized that God had already determined to take care of orphans. Thus Mueller’s work to care for the homeless was his response to God’s known will as taught in scripture. He did not pray for food, wondering whether or not God wanted them to eat. He prayed for food knowing that God cared more about the children’s welfare than Mueller himself.

What commands has the Lord given to the church?

What commands has He given to the Christian home?

What has God commanded of the husband and the wife?

What command has He given to parents and their children?

“Lord, if it’s You, command me to come to You on the water.” “Come!” Jesus commanded. In obedience Peter took a huge step of faith and as a result he walked on the water.

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