Matthew 14:31 Why Do You Doubt?

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:31

During times when things happen that are out of a person’s control, most people will begin to fear. The fear rises even faster when what is occurring is or can be dangerous. The more dangerous it can be, the higher the level of fear. Very few people like the idea of facing danger boldly or at all.

Doubt that they will make it out safely sets in their mind quickly and they begin to fear.

While Jesus was out walking on the water, Peter sees Him. Jesus tells Peter to walk on the water towards Him. As he does, he begins to sink when he sees some waves. Jesus saves him and asks him why he doubted.

All throughout scripture God tells believers that He will protect and provide for them and that they can trust Him. Having trust in God is having faith in Him, knowing that God will do what He says He will do.

Although God has not asked most people to step out of a boat and walk on water, He does ask believers to step out in faith in other areas of life.

This step of faith will look different for each person. For one it may be just a simple telling someone about Jesus. For others it may be picking up and moving with no clue as to what is next. All believers are told to tithe and give sacrificially.

In all of these ways, there is a certain amount of danger involved. It is stepping out of the boat into the water with large waves that may drown a person. However, if God has said to step out, one must not doubt, but trust Him and step out in faith.

God may be asking you to step out in faith in an area of your life. Think back of all the times God has already provided for you and taken care of you. Think of all the promises of God to you.

Now, instead of fearing the step, go ahead and step out and walk in faith in God. Do not let fear to stop or drown you. Know that He is right there with you and will take care of you, as long as you are doing what He said to do.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will fully trust God with your life; that you will remove all doubt in trusting God; that you will step out in faith as God leads you; and that you will go wherever God leads you to go.

Matthew 8:26 Are You Afraid?

He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. Matthew 8:26

Fear is something that most people have to deal with in their lives. What a person is afraid of can be unlimited number of things.

Often people are afraid of something that is occurring in their lives that they cannot control. This becomes especially true when the thing that is not controlled can be physically dangerous in some way.

No one wants to be injured or hurt in anyway, so they become afraid of something. Jesus and the disciples were in a boat, when a great storm came up, threatening the capsizing of the boat. Out of fear the disciples woke Jesus. He said they were of little faith, then calmed the storm.

Just as many in the world get afraid of events, believers take their eyes off of God and become afraid. They are quick to forget all that God has already done in the past and in their own lives. All that is seen is the immediate danger that is looming right in front of them.

Faith in God requires that one believes what God has said and then acting according to what God has said.

For a person to become a believer in Jesus, he must have some faith that Jesus has risen from the dead and has the power to forgive and save him. If Jesus can raise from the dead, then He has the ability to do anything. To deny that Jesus can meet a need in one’s life, is to deny that He rose from the dead.

When a dangerous situation arises, all one has to do is have faith in what God can do, rather than live in fear of the situation.

Think for a moment of all the things God has already done in your life. Take another moment to think about what God has already done in history. If God can do all these things, He can continue to take care of you in every situation.

Instead of living in fear, trust or have faith that God will take care of you in what you may be going through right now.

God may rebuke the winds and calm your storm. Or He may bring you safely through the storm in your life. Either way you will win with God on your side.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God can do for you; that you will have faith in God’s abilities; that you will not fear any situation in your life; and that you keep your eyes upon God and not the storms in your life.

Matthew 1:24 Immediate Obedience

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. Matthew 1:24

Commands are given everyday to people that do not always make sense. A choice has to be made as to whether one will obey that command or not. Often people choose to not obey the command or they will choose to question it. Some will even refuse to obey it, regardless of where it came from.

In some places, if one chooses not to obey it, they will be removed or be in trouble immediately. Obedience is expected immediately.

Joseph was pledged to be married, when he found out Marry was pregnant, so he planned to divorce her. After an angel told him that this was from God and he was to marry her, he immediately married Mary.

Just as in the workplace where the boss gives commands, God also gives people commands. In the same way, there are times when the commands of God do not always make sense. During those times when the commands don’t make sense, one has to just trust God and obey immediately.

God sees the bigger picture of what is going on across the board. He knows what action is best to take. Humans, in their finite little minds, do not see the bigger picture. They cannot see what is actually going on in the scheme of eternity.

Every believer has a choice to make as to whether he will obey what God says or not. Instead of questioning or arguing with God, one must immediately choose to trust God and obey. In obeying God, it allows Him to use the believer in greater ways than the mind can comprehend.

Immediate obedience to God will allow things to effect the lives of others for all eternity.

As a believer, there will be times that God will ask you to do something that is crazy and does not make sense. Instead of being like the world and questioning it or refusing to obey, choose to obey immediately.

See what God can do in and through you to touch the lives of people for all eternity. Your obedience will often have an eternal impact upon this fallen and dark world.

Questioning God and refusing to obey is what the world does. Do not be like the world, but like Joseph in obeying God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God speak to you; that you will know what God commands of you; that you will obey God in all He tells you to do; and that you will see God work in and through you for all eternity.