My Monday Motivation: Just Have Faith
Matthew 14:22:28-33 Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind,[c] he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Just have faith! Just have faith! The words set to the tune of Dori from Finding Nemo singing “Just keep swimming” ring in my mind. Just have faith! Just have faith! A simple yet powerful phrase my husband keep singing as we circled the busy parking lot at Cracker Barrel. I was getting frustrated because I could tell it was going to be a long wait for the fluffy pancakes and savory bacon I was craving. I dreaded having to wait in the restaurant’s store; full of knickknacks that would incite my 3 young children. I was upset that Brent hadn’t just picked the first open spot in the full lot as he keep circling and singing. “I have faith, I’m just not very optimistic”, I snapped. As soon as the words left my mouth, I hated the taste of them. Did I have any faith at all?
In Matthew 14:25-26, Peter and the other disciples see Jesus do the impossible and walk on water. This comes right after seeing Him do the impossible when He feeds a multitude with just 5 loaves and 2 fish. (Matthew 14 13-21) Peter is bold enough to say, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” While walking on the water Peter becomes afraid. Losing faith in Jesus, Peter becomes more focused on the wind around Him than the God before Him.
I have seen God work in countless impossible situations in my life also. However, the battle to find a close parking space seemed unwinnable. What was happening to me? Like Peter, despite what I had seen Jesus do in my life, I had become afraid and let fear steal my focus. I desire to have such bold faith but once I take the risk, I soon find that my faith is shallow. In fact, I’m not even optimistic. While walking on this “water”, He has revealed the impossible things He will do for me in the future. Sadly, I am sinking and my faith is wavering.
Maybe, your like me! God is showing you all the things He has in store for you. A new job, new home, new ministry, or a new addition to your family. You say you have faith but your not very optimistic. If we are honest, we both know that means we have little to no faith at all. Let’s continue to be bold. Stretching our faith far beyond what we can see and walking confidently on the water wherever God is calling us. He’ll make sure you find a close parking spot in a full lot (like my husband did) if you, “Just have faith!”
Prayer: Jesus thank you for the impossible things you do. Please, stretch my faith so that I may walk confidently on the water towards you and your promises for my life. Even though the waves may rise around me and the wind blow against me, don’t let me lose focus of You. You have called me to do great things in Your Name and I no longer want to doubt You. Today, I trade my fear for faith.
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Memory Verse: Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens.