Do you doubt?

Where does doubt come from?

This is a question which most people ask at some point in their lives. Christians ask it of themselves more often, than other people do. The answer will likely surprise you. Remember when Jesus asked Peter to come to Him on the water? Would you have stepped out in faith onto the surface of a turbulent ocean? I would guess that very few people would do it. But…it was Jesus asking him to do it and since Peter usually acted or said something before he thought about it, he stepped out of the boat and began walking.

What many people don’t read into the story is that Peter was a fisherman, he knew the water shouldn’t be able to hold him like solid ground. But it was Jesus that made the request of him. Peter had seen Him heal a blind man and feed five thousand men and their families from a child’s lunch basket. So, of course, he jumped out of the boat and landed on the water, not in the water. And, as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus and walking toward Him he was able to keep walking on top of the water. But…when he took his eyes off of Jesus then he began to sink into the water.

As Christians, we do this all the time! We feel His touch in our lives and we may even hear or get the feeling that there is something which He is calling us to do. As long as we keep our eyes on Jesus and keep our faith focused on the task which He is asking us to do, then we will be fine. But in the world which we live in it isn’t so easy. Peter had the luxury of being able to see Jesus, so keeping his eyes focused on Him shouldn’t have been a problem. We don’t have that luxury and we can and do get side-tracked and distracted from the One Who called us in the first place.

The account of this miracle is found in this text:

Matthew 14: 25-33

25 Shortly before dawn, Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
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?” 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

We doubt in our faith because we cannot see Jesus or the possibilities that are all around us. We look at the bills to be paid and the oil which needs changing or how much food we have left until our next paycheck. We live and move on the physical plane of the Earth and much of what we read about in the Bible happened on the spiritual plane which God lives in and inhabits. We can’t feel it with our hands or touch it physically but according to God’s Word, it is there.

And it is just as real or even more real than the world in which we live. Consider how Jesus could move and live after His resurrection. He could enter a locked room and speak with the disciples there and then just as easily vanish from their sight. Then at His ascension to Heaven He just rose from the ground and went up into the sky, no airplane or fiery chariot required or needed! Can you imagine having a body which will be able to do those things? When we are “caught up to be with Him in the air” we will be in bodies like His forever! No more aching and creaky knees and stiff joints. Praise God that is going to feel wonderful!

Our God is an AWESOME God!

3 thoughts on “Do you doubt?

  1. Tracy,
    I am no better than other Christians on this planet. I may have doubts, questions, temptations, and even failures. But, I will confess that one great advantage of having no eyesight is that it creates greater opportunity to “see” within the spirit realm rather than the physical realm alone. I am not saying this to be boastful, but to tell you that there are blessings hidden within llessing something. When God takes something away, God will strengthen other things to His glory.
    When I look at Scripture and dissect spiritual truth, one way I comprehend is through visualization. This is one of many ways the Holy Spirit will break it down. Throughout time, and throughout Biblical history, you will see that a majority of our temptations and our doubts center around our eyes. When I read your presentation, I could picture optical iluusions, which trick your eyes into seeing something else instead of what it actually is. In a sense, these are what I see as spiritual opitcal illusions. Satan will take what is appealing to your eyes to lure you into his slick mind game, and question God’s attributes in the face of adversity. This is why many are tempted to “blame God“ and commit sins that feed their desire to obtain what they see. For example, the world would lie to you by certain that substances such as drugs will get you through your darkest hours. So even lure kids by saying that “it’s just candy”. Consider this: Why do you think our teenage generation wants to immitate celebrities and do challenges that could get them in trouble down the road (like Devious Lick)? Or, another common example: Adam and Eve and the fruit. This is what makes Scripture a complex puzzle we must dissect. Essentially, the doubts and “optical illusions” are the missing or twisted parts of what we are uncovered about the Christian journey.
    🙂

      1. Thank you, and amen! Aside from Bible reading, I gain insight through current events, and spend a lot of my time doing research. Many may call me a nerd, but I LOVE it!

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