July 21 Perfect Faith

Scripture reading: Matthew 14:22–27

Key verse: Matthew 14:27

Immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

Just as Peter did, we spend a good portion of our lives learning to live by faith. Peter was certain that he had unwavering faith in Christ. However, it was about to be tested. In the middle of a severe storm on the open Sea of Galilee, the disciples tried not to become overwhelmed with fear. They struggled furiously with the sails and longed for Jesus’ help. But He was not with them on the trip, or at least that was what they perceived.

Suddenly, something caught their attention. An image that appeared to be a ghost was walking toward them on the water’s raging surface. It was Jesus, but their frantic minds did not recognize Him.

They cried out in despair. Jesus, sensing their anguish called back, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid” (Matt. 14:27). Peter exhibited real faith as he stepped out of the boat and walked toward Jesus.

It wasn’t until he was a distance away from the boat that his faith began to crumble. The stormy swells and the winds created a curtain of doubt in Peter’s mind. His attention shifted from the Lord to the storm, and he began to sink. Perfect faith is set on Christ. It does not waver. And the person who exhibits it will never sink, not because of his ability or strength, but because of God’s faithfulness.

Perfect my faith, Lord. Give me a faith that does not waver. Give me a faith that is securely grounded in Your faithfulness.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 212). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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