Do you ever doubt? I am a scientist, so I was trained to doubt under the mantra “In God we trust, all others bring data.” Why is it so hard for us to live lives of faith? I often wonder how much life that I’m missing when I focus my life around certainty, instead of living a life of wonderful uncertainty with God. The disciple Peter sure knew how to live a life of spiritual adventure. The Scriptures tell us that Jesus walked on water in the middle of a storm at night to rejoin His disciples in a boat. When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water they didn’t even consider that it could be Him. That would be an irrational thought. Instead, they had an even more irrational thought and cried out, “It’ a ghost.” (Matthew 14:26, NIV) Jesus saw the panic in His disciples’ eyes and called to them saying, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” (Matthew 14:27, NIV) Isn’t that just like Jesus to walk on water through the storms of life to comfort us?
Peter was Peter, and called out “Lord if it’s you…tell me to come to you on the water.” (Matthew 14:28, NIV) Why do so many of us think that it was a bad thing that Peter was so impulsive, and often acted first and thought later? Peter was the only disciple who stepped out of the boat, but when his common sense caught up to his impulsive faith he sank. The Scriptures say, “But when he saw the wind he was afraid and, beginning to sink cried out, ‘Lord save me.” (Matthew 14:30, NIV)
How many times have I started to get out onto the “water” before common sense made me sit back down in the boat? Don’t you think that the Lord is pleased when we listen to the Holy Spirit and take a ridiculous step of faith towards the Master? I wonder if Jesus had a smile in his heart when he told Peter, “You of little faith….why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31, NIV) The rest of the disciples worshiped Jesus later in the boat, Peter was the only one who worshiped Him out on the water. So where are we today? Are we on the shore, in the boat, or are we making crazy steps of faith towards Jesus?