The Essential 100 Day 62: Matthew 14:22-36: Why Do We Doubt?

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

29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.30 But when he 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?” Matthew 14:28-31

What can be said about this passage that has not already been said?  This is the famous Peter walking on the water and sinking passage.  I picked these four verses to point out one thing and that is Jesus’ question, “Why did you doubt?”  As I have been going through this 100 day reading the underline enemy for every story is doubt.  The Israelites feared what was ahead so they doubted God even when He displayed His power right in front of them, with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.  Why do we doubt?  Peter had he kept his focus on Jesus would never have started sinking.  I have heard it preached that it’s ok to doubt.  I don’t agree with that statement at all.  We can make doubt or distrust a lifestyle.  If you make it a lifestyle you set yourself up for failure every time.  We need to look to God to get our answers.  Peter realized he was doubting and cried out to Jesus to save him.  Why do we doubt, we doubt because we allow our fears to define our future.  We worry about more stuff that doesn’t happen than we do about stuff that does.  Peter saw the wind on the waves and thought, I can’t believe I am doing this.  When he said that to himself he started to sink.  He wasn’t doing it, Jesus’ power was doing it through him.  When we doubt our trust is focused on what we can do, which is not much without the power of Christ.  Focused attention on Christ will move out fear and doubt and allow faith and trust to move into your life; and then you will be walking on water.

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