Scripture reading: Matthew 14:28–31
Key verse: Matthew 21:21
Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.”
No one would deny the fact that faith is a battle. And at times we may feel as though we step forward to trust the Lord, only to stumble back several steps. As thoughts of doubt flood our minds, we wonder: What if _____ happens? What if God doesn’t do what He promised? Can I trust God even when I don’t feel that He is close to me?”
That was exactly where Peter found himself as he began to walk to Jesus across the stormy surface of the Sea of Galilee. As long as Peter’s gaze was on the Lord, the waves and the wind meant nothing to him.
However, the moment he thought of the magnitude of the storm, he began to doubt and sink. We encourage fear and disbelief when we interpret a situation in light of our own knowledge and without regard to God’s ability. What could have been a great moment of faith turned life-threatening as Peter caved in to thoughts of fear.
Another action that leads to increased anxiety is seeking the approval of others. A friend’s counsel is fine, but first make sure you know God’s will for your life. Many times another’s point of view will not line up with God’s. A heavenly perspective always leads to victory! All doubt is earmarked with discouraging lies of Satan. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Seek His will for your life through the light of His Word (Ps. 119:105).
Help me keep my eyes on You, Jesus, when faith is a battle. Give me the heavenly perspective that leads to victory.