But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. __Matthew 14:24-33 KJV (emphasis added)
Just about anyone who has heard a sermon on Peter’s short and miraculous stroll on the water towards Jesus, has an opinion about it. I used to think, “If Peter only had more faith.” Probably, because Jesus referred to Peter as “ thou of little faith”. But Jesus also asked Peter a question in the middle of the storm, “wherefore didst thou doubt?”
All these years my focus was on more faith instead of the presence of doubt. But Peter had enough faith to get out of the boat. No other disciple did. Peter lost his focus. . . . he doubted. As one minister put it, “Doubt tolerated is Faith contaminated.”
I aspire to always have the courage to face life’s storms head-on, step out of the “life” boat and walk all over my adversities. But some days, I would just rather go below, down to the belly of the ship and take a nap. lol Wake me up when this is over. Sound familiar? But God’s will will be done. Ask Jonah.lol
So what do we do with our doubt? We take it God. Just as we see in verse 31 when God sees our doubt, He is waiting with outstretched arms, lending us a hand up so that we can get back up on the water and ultimately back into the boat.
Today, okay, right now, I FOG (Focus on God) . And today, I am living above my circumstances and I am walking on water!!!