Sunday, 6 September 2015

Oh Me of "Little" Faith

Have you ever tried to picture the scene? Peter sees Jesus walking on the water and bids Jesus to ask him to come out onto the water. Jesus does so, Peter begins to walk on the water, but seeing the turmoil around him, takes his eyes off the Lord and begins to sink. Then, if that were not bad enough, Jesus says to him, "You of little faith." Ouch! Let's pick up the story:

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. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

During the fourth watch of the night 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 is you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water."

"Come," he said.

Then Peter got out of the boat, walked on the water and came towards 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; NIV).

How would you describe your faith? Huge? Medium? Or like Peter's at that moment, Little? If yours is the "huge" variety, I'm happy for you. Mine, on the other hand, is unfortunately too often too little. There are days when, despite my intentions to do otherwise, I too have taken my eyes off the Lord and planted them squarely on the problems and turmoil around me. There are days where it seems like I'm only pulling off a 2% at best when it comes to my Christian walk. If it wasn't for the grace of God, I would have sunk long ago without the hand of the Lord reaching down to lift me up yet again.

And therein is one of the key hopes and promises of the Christian faith: God's acceptance of me, even with my often doubting "little" faith, is not dependant upon my efforts or huge faith. I can still cry out to Him, "Lord, save me!" and see His hand reach down beneath my waves of turmoil to pull me back into the boat again. When it seems like there's no way out, Jesus is the way! Hallelujah! I guess that's why they call it grace.

Can you relate? Feel like you're sinking? If so, call on Him, even if you only have a doubting "little" 2% faith right now. Look up and watch for His hand to pull you back into the boat. Peace and blessings, my friend.

1st Photo Source: Unknown (via Facebook)
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