Reasons to Doubt

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Peter had every reason to have doubts. He had acted in ways that probably seemed foolish to the other disciples.

They were in a boat “a long way from the land,” being beaten by strong winds and waves. They became terrified when they saw Jesus walking on the water toward them.

Encouraged by His reassuring words, Peter made a statement of bold faith: “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” When Jesus said, “Come,” Peter “got out of the boat and walked on the water.” But, when he considered the wind, he became afraid. Beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me.”

After saving him, Jesus wondered why he had become dominated by doubt.

We can have sympathy for Peter. As we face life’s challenges, we, too, might find many reasons to be filled with doubt. Our needs can seem to be too great. We can feel inadequate, or like failures. Circumstances can seem overwhelming. The opposition can seem too strong. Defeat can seem inevitable. Discouraged by the comments of others, we might regret our actions.

We can imagine how Peter might have felt these emotions. But Jesus only focused on two factors. First, Peter had demonstrated faith. This was clear from his willingness to step out of the boat and walk on water. But, after starting with faith, Peter had given in to doubt. It must have seemed that he was doomed to fail.

How many reasons are there for you to have doubts about the problems you face?

Today, be bold: Believe God’s Word is true for you. Don’t give in to doubt, but stand on His Word. Confess His promises. Pray. Place your faith and trust in Him. Believe that all things are possible.