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Why did you doubt? (Part III)

November 28, 2016

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. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.  Shortly before dawn 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. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”  Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.

 

You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

 

And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”  Matthew 14:22-33

 

 

It's not that Peter was afraid.  It's that he let his fear affect his faith.  Fear itself isn't a sin, but we as people ALWAYS let fear cloud our view of the Lord, because we let ourselves lose sight of Him.  And when you are afraid, you are telling God that you don't believe in Him and His sovereignty.  Our Heavenly Father always has our best interest in mind.  And even if it means our very death, God is at work in this world, weaving together His story of redemption.  Thanks be to God - we can always trust Him and know He is doing what is best for us - no questions asked! 

 

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