Matthew 14:29 And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and *said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
A lesson I am learning is to not only say I trust in the Lord, but actually put this into practice each day. Our natural fallen bodies are filled with doubt. Just because God regenerates a heart and all things have become new, this does not mean we do not need to keep trusting Jesus or that this does not need growth because it certainly does.
Above we see Peter, who was with Jesus personally each day. He ate with Him, slept by Him, joked with Him, learned directly from Him. Peter saw His miracles in person, but when the test came, he started to doubt and then as the story goes started to sink. Jesus said “You of little faith”, meaning Peter did have faith but it was “little”. Just as if we all humbly admitted, we too in certain cases would show “little faith”. Don’t believe me? The time will come when you will be put to the test whether you are going to really let go and trust God or will you follow the world and their fallen advice.
How do you know you are trusting God? When your actions do not make sense to fallen sinners. It will not seem logical for example to uproot your life, or to give yourself fully to the Lord. In Mark 1, we see Simon and Andrew by the sea. Jesus tells them to “Follow Me” and immediately they left their profession as fishermen and followed Him. It doesn’t say Simon or Andrew asked “why” or “when” or “can I have a little time to think about this”. To those around them, they were crazy, to God above they were FAITHFUL.
Peter walked on the water, he did not know he was capable of doing this until he placed his faith alone in Jesus. By doing so, God WILL show you what you too are capable of. It might not be walking on water, but something as great and you will learn more about yourself in this process, I can assure you after just going through this myself and still going through it. Each day, God is testing me, and with this comes JOY! I can see myself actually changing on how I talk to others, how I relate to others and how I see others. God will take that selfish mindset and make you selfless one way or the other to His glory alone!
When you are trusting in God alone, others will begin to notice. Those being drawn by the Father to Jesus will be some of the keen observers of this and those in your life will also begin to notice a change. Some naturally will scoff, cast doubt, but some you least likely expected to support you now will rise up for you! That is God’s doing! And we should always praise a constant working God as our loving Father on our behalf. His mercy and grace are IMMENSE. His love never ceases, His patience is unworldly, and His faithfulness to His children is awesome!