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DOUBT : A S ilent Killer

August 31, 2016

Wednesday

 

Why Doubt

 

Matthew 14:31

 

Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

 

 

LESSON

 

With remarkable trust, Peter climbed over the side of the boat and began walking “on the water.” He, too, in obedience to Jesus’ command, was able to fulfill man’s destiny by subduing the sea. He was doing well until he became more concerned about the waves than about Jesus. “Seeing the wind” is a figure of speech (synecdoche) for seeing the storm. His distressing circumstances distracted his attention and weakened his faith in Jesus. Jesus rebuked him for his weak (“little”) “faith,” even though it was stronger than that of the other disciples who remained in the boat. Jesus used this rebuke to help Peter and the other disciples see that consistent confidence in Himself was absolutely necessary. Peter became both a good example and a bad one. Jesus rescued him as God had rescued many others from watery graves.

Which promise do you need to hear? Are you in trouble? Do you need peace? Are you facing death or depressed? Do you need to know your sin is forgiven? Need to know your tears register and that they’ll be turned to laughter? Dig up the promises of God. They are all fulfilled in Jesus! Isaiah said it so beautifully: “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you. We need to be like Peter saying, “Yes, Lord Jesus, I’ll join you, I’ll walk through the storm on the waves, through the trials with you, Jesus! I’ll go through the valley of the shadow of death, believing you’ll show up. I’ll do as you command. I’ll keep serving in your kingdom and strain on the oars in this your church. I will walk with you, Jesus my Savior, through and over all this! Your promises ring true in my storms, my darkness, and the drudgery of my life.

 

Memory Verse: Genesis 33:37

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