Little Faith Versus Unbelief

February 8, 2013 | Tags: ,

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Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”

“Yes, come,” Jesus said.

So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.

Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”

When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.

Matthew 14:28-33 NLT

There is a colossal difference between “little faith” and unbelief. When Jesus is saying, “You have so little faith,” He is pointing to a specific incident or circumstance, not to the general nature of your faith in Him. In order to be a born-again child of God, you had to exercise faith and trust to be saved. You have faith in Christ. But there are specific times where our faith waivers. And this is where Jesus comes along side us, places His arm around us, and says, “You have so little faith. Why did you doubt me?” He encourages us by pointing out the truth, then helps us for future times where we can remember His caring and perfect nature never changes. The same Jesus who showed us through that circumstance will show us through again in the next one.

Our journey with the Lord is about exercising faith in each circumstances that comes along. Circumstances will change and things will happen that we don’t expect. In some ways, God uses these surprises in life to test our faith. Will you and I believe He is the same Jesus yesterday, today, and forever? When we make the choice to trust Him, even in unfamiliar territory, our faith will grow and we will experience God in new and exciting ways. When our faith waivers, as it did here with Peter, Jesus encourages us to keep trusting God. When we cry out to Him for help in faith, He will always reach out and grab us. That is the perfect, trustworthy character of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

By Courtney Silberman

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