In Karen’s sermon yesterday she spoke these words: In other words, we must be willing to step out on the rough, unchartered waters of life to truly understand, perceive and live out the promises Jesus has given to us. With that in mind I wondered –do we feel more comfortable dealing with Peter’s doubt rather than dealing with Peter’s faith? Think about that for a moment. Doubt allows us to be passive — sitting back and doing nothing. We are not sure so we will just wait until we are. The very essence of faith calls for – no actually demands – requires action from us – action that sometimes seems totally and completely impossible, action that at times can cause confliction and consternation, action that we would rather ignore and let someone else deal with or champion.
Could it be that it is not the “ghost walking on water” that scares us but rather Jesus’ call to follow and all that entails and means? Why do we continue to shade our eyes from the shining brilliance of God’s glory, rationalizing happenings that are astonishing and amazing that cause us to stop dead in our tracks and keep us from risking getting out of the safety of our boats by limiting God’s actions and presence to our understanding and reasoning of what is possible? Again, maybe the question for us to think about really is: Are we more comfortable with our doubt than with our faith?
Scripture Reading: James 1:5-7
“If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind; for the doubter, being double-minded and unstable in every way, must not expect to receive anything from the Lord. ”
How does doubt impact your faithfulness?
In these uncharted times what have you learned about yourself?
When were you astonished at something God did?
Prayer: Holy God, I thank you for your call and claim upon my life. I pray my faith will increase day by day because I know there is so much more I can become, and so much more I can do in your name. Amen.
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