Devotional: ‘Why Did You Doubt?’

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Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” Matthew 14:27-31

I have often wondered how many steps Peter took before he began to sink. Was it one step? Was it two steps? Or was it a half a dozen? In my mind, if he only stood on one step, it was a miracle!

One would think that experiencing such a miracle should have changed Peter’s life forever. How could you ever go back to be normal once you walked on water? Yet, this passage reminds us of how weak we really are. As soon as Peter stopped focusing upon Jesus and started staring at the waves, he began to sink.

To my knowledge there is no other person found in the Bible who walked on water. Yet, throughout our Christian lives, Jesus repeatably commands each of us to leave the safety of the boat and take a step of faith. Many of you know that my life verse is Hebrews 11:6which say, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”In order to please God, we must have faith.

What is faith? Note these various translations of scripture’s definition of faith as found in Hebrews 11:1.

The confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see. NLT 

The reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen. CSB 

Being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. NIV 

Being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it. NCV 

The assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. Amplified Version

If only Peter had kept his focus on Jesus and not on the waves, he could have walked on the water as far as the Lord wanted him to go.

God bless you my brethren.

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