Devotional: ‘Faith in What?

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“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.”  (John 14:1)

Whenever we face trouble, we can react in one of two ways:

  • Either we can be troubled
  • Or, we can trust

Trusting in Jesus is more than wanting or wishing. It is being confident that He is control, that He is with us, and that He can and will help us.

Consider for a moment your trust in God for your salvation. Are you confident that you are saved? Are you hoping, guessing, wishing, or are you fully persuaded that when you die, you will go to heaven? Hopefully you are confident. If not, then we need to talk. If you are confident, the question then is, “Why are you confident?” We are confident of our salvation because God has promised us that if we will believe in Christ as our Savior, we will be saved.  (John 3:16; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9-10) Our confidence is in God and His faithfulness to save us.

Consider now your trust in God to help you with your troubles. The Apostle Paul wrote, “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (see Romans 8:32) Is it logical for us to think that God would be willing to sacrifice His Son for our sins, and yet abandon us during our time of trouble? Of course not.

Let’s take a moment and think about the story of Peter walking on the waves of the storm.

“Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  (Matthew 14:22-29)

Why was Peter able to walk upon the water? Was it because the waves were not as severe for him as they were for the others? Was it because Peter was stronger or better than the rest? No, my friend. It was simply because he trusted in Christ to help him. “’Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.’ ‘Come,’ Jesus said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.”

Trusting in Jesus is more than wanting or wishing. It is being confident that He is control, that He is with us, and that He can and will help us.

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