The Lord guided me to Matthew 14:22-33 to give this timely message. In this scripture, Jesus sent His disciples out on a boat ahead of Him while He sent the multitudes away and later went up to the mountain for alone time. When Jesus made His way back to the boat, which was being tossed back and forth in the middle of the sea, Jesus walked on the water and the disciples thought they were looking at a ghost. After he saw Jesus walking on the water, Peter asked Jesus to command him out of the boat to prove He is the Son of God. Jesus told Peter to come out of the boat. Peter began to walk on the water towards Jesus, but allowed the fierce winds to shake his faith that he could make it to Jesus. He took His focus off of Jesus and focused on the troubled water; therefore, he began to sink. Peter called out to Jesus to save him, so Jesus stretched out His hand to catch him before he sank. Jesus asked Peter, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
I liken this story to the lives of many Christians today. We are told many times throughout the word of God to trust in Him. We have seen the hand of the Lord move in our lives and have called on Him to meet great needs, yet, when we call on Him and are ordered to step out of the boat, some of us take our eyes off of Him and lose trust in Him. You begin to focus on your troubles and then start doubting Him, His word, and what He can do for you. It is easy to trust Jesus when things are going good in your life, but the moment you need His help, you call, but lose trust when He requires you to trust and depend totally upon Him.
During these times in the lives of God's people, Jesus still reaches out His hand and helps us out of mighty storms and troubled waters. I cannot help but think that in these moments, Jesus shakes His head and asks, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"
"And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, 'O you of little faith, why did you doubt?' Matthew 14:31 NKJV