Little Faith – Part III

5-10-12

In Matthew 14:29-31 we find the third time Jesus rebukes for having “little faith.” This time He is rebuking Peter, here’s the account: “And He said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” Peter stepped out of the ship and left the other disciples to walk on water to Jesus. I don’t think for a second that the other disciples were looking down on Peter as he began to sink. They were in no shape while remaining in the ship to rebuke Peter, but Jesus, the Son of God rebukes him. Peter had faith to begin to walk on the water but while walking to Jesus he got his eyes on the storm rather than the Savior. Peter did what we do many times through our day. We start off really well at the beginning of the day. We get up and have our time of communing with the Lord in His Word. We step out of our homes ready to walk into the storm. But, something happens, we get our eyes on our storms and get them off of Christ. When we begin to focus on the size of our problems rather than upon the size of our God we then begin to sink. May we¬†have enough faith to call out to Jesus for help when that happens but know this that as He reaches down and pulls us up we too will hear Jesus say to us, “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”