Why Did You Doubt?
If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat!
Peter got out of the boat. The other disciples remained in the boat. Peter often gets a bad reputation for looking at the waves and doubting. Jesus even rebuked him for it. But he got out of the boat, and he walked on water!
Jesus calls us out of safe places and into wild places. He calls us out of our comfort into extraordinary adventures, walking with Him by faith. He stretches us to become more than we are and do more than we can. Jesus beacons us to come, follow Him into a life of significance and purpose beyond our own capabilities. I have to ask myself whether or not I am willing to get out of the boat.
Walking on water is miraculous. Living a life of faith in which miracles occur is not just for Bible times. It is for ever follower of Jesus Christ. But walking on water does not mean we will never have doubts.
On the one hand, doubting the God who created us and redeemed us is part of the nasty war that goes on inside every fallen human being. We doubt Jesus because we trust too often in ourselves. Our fallen nature wants to be king and lord of our own lives. But that place belongs to Jesus. We trust so much in the tangible things we can see and feel - like the fact we always sink into water and never walk on top of it - that miracles seem too-good-to-be-true and something inside us tells us they can't-ever-happen.
All of that leaves Jesus out of the equation. He bids us step out of the boat and walk on the water with Him. Do we believe He can sustain us? Do we trust enough to get out of the boat?
When Peter was sinking, he did the right thing. He called out to Jesus - "Lord, save me!" That's what to do with our doubts. Call on Jesus. Reach out to Him. Return our attention from the size of the storm to the Presence of the Savior.
I wish I could say I have never sensed the voice of Jesus saying to me, "Why did you doubt?" Fact is, I have doubted Him far too often. I have let fear of failure keep me from attempting miraculous things. As a matter of fact, I might well more resemble the disciples who remained in the boat, then I do Peter, who started walking on water and then fell victim to his doubts.
So I fasten my gaze on Jesus and bring my doubts to Him. I call out to Him when I am sinking in the raging storm. And He rescues me. He never abandons me. He is faithful and true. And Jesus is enough.
If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat. Jesus calls. Let's take that step of faith, shall we?