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Peter and Faith

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STEPPING OUT ON FAITH

  • Scripture from Matthew 14 (NIV)

Faith is a sometimes risky subject to discuss. It is difficult to explain to someone who has not experienced faith. Think about it. If you have faith (true Christian faith), how do you tell someone who doesn’t? It is not something we can just explain, or read about, or something that can be mimicked. And, it is more than a state of mind—it is a state of being. One has to experience it to really understand. That is the wonder of it all.

 

Peter’s actions should speak so loud to us. He was like a child who wanted to do the right thing but found himself in his usual routine of life. Jesus sent the disciples on across the sea. Later, as He walked out to them on the water, the disciples cried out in fear. And, Jesus said…

  • 27 “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

 

This is the first and most important thing–COURAGE. Sometimes even mature Christians will forget this. Fear is a very powerful force. We can see the effects of fear much like we can see the effects of wind and boy can wind do some damage! If we can believe in fear should we not be able to believe in faith? Hmmm.

 

Peter of childlike qualities…

  • 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

Jesus called for Peter to step out on the water and walk to Him.

  • 30 But when he [Peter] saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
  • 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

 

Everything is fine as long as Peter keeps all eyes on Jesus, but Peter looks around and sees that the wind is blowing, the waves are probably a little choppy, and what happens? Peter begins to sink. He realizes his situation. To save Peter, Jesus reaches out his hand. What beautiful imagery that is still relevant today. As long as Peter is focused completely on Jesus and did not allow outside temptations, doubts, and all affect him, Peter is Ok. As soon as he begins to doubt (some say think), he went down.

 

Now, this does not mean that I believe everyone can walk on water but we can step out on faith and do some amazing things. But, when we do, we cannot just put a toe in and pull it back out. We must step out fully, ready to focus and not be affected by things and people around us. This is probably the hardest part—taking that first step—having courage and not being afraid.

 

I think we are all hesitant to about the first step. I have often thought of Peter taking that step. What was he thinking? Was he scared? Did he realize what was happening? Peter was probably so excited that he didn’t notice he was not sinking—that he was actually walking on water. You know how it is when we get so caught up in something.

 

Going back to the beginning of this story, Jesus first calls out to the disciples and says to have courage and not be afraid. We could all use a bit more courage and more faith. Often, we must go back and shore up our faith in God to keep it strong. Faith in others can lead to disappointment but faith in God is something else much grander than anything of earth. Isn’t that wonderful!

 

Have a blessed day in your garden of life and may your faith be strong-always! 🙂

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