From Doubt to Faith – Highlights from Peter
Matthew 14:29–32 (NKJV) “29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” 31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.”
At the command of Jesus, Peter begins to step out of the boat and starts to walk on water. So long as his eyes were fixed on Jesus, he was doing just fine. His faith turned into doubt as the distraction of the wind and waves took his attention away from Jesus. It was only when Peter took his eyes off of Jesus that he began to sink. While the circumstances of life can be overwhelming just like Peter was overwhelmed, Jesus can still save us just like he saved Peter’s life.
Acts 3:6–8 (NKJV) “6 Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” 7 And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8 So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God.”
Peter by faith says to a paralyzed man, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” While the circumstance of this man’s condition may have caused Peter to doubt as to whether he could be healed, Peter, rather than focusing on circumstance, placed his faith in Jesus and this man was healed. Peter had learned his lesson from the boat and kept his eyes on Jesus the whole time.
Our stormy circumstance may be boisterous or noisy or mountainous, but Jesus is able to calm the storm. Let’s place our faith and keep our eyes on Jesus for He is greater than any storm or circumstance we may face!