Question

What would Peter Do ?

“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”

James 1:6

Doubting God is something I am sure we have all done at some stage of our Christian walks. I can say for certain that on occasion, when life is hard or not going the way I expected, I have sat there thinking “Is God in my situation right now? Cause it really doesn’t feel like it!”

 

Doubt can be described as: ‘someone who is wavering in their thoughts and/or actions, a lack of confidence and trust.

Doubt is so easy to let in to our lives if we aren’t careful. Common causes of doubt can be from things such as:

  • Disappointment that God didn’t come through how you thought He should, would, or could have.
  • Unmet expectations based on our own perceptions of who we think God is
  • Our own definition of His power and abilities
  • His timing vs our timing (which are so vastly different)
  • We feel let down, overlooked, forgotten about, or rejected
  • Prayers go unanswered
Our doubt can hinder and stop our faith.

There are really a lot of things that can cause one to doubt, which makes me think of a guy in the Bible named Peter (I’m sure most of you know his story). He was the only one who boldly chose to respond to Jesus. He stepped out of the boat and walked on water towards Jesus. As strong winds and waves appeared he became scared and began to sink and called out “Save me Lord.” Immediately, Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith” he said, “why did you doubt?” There are some things we can take away from this piece of scripture.

 

What are you looking at?

Peter began to sink when he took his eyes off Jesus and placed them on his circumstances. Im sure we have all done this or will do this in our lives. We can take comfort in knowing that whatever storms we come up against we can face them head on when our eyes are fixed on Jesus. We can grow our faith and diminish our doubts when we choose to trust Jesus and that He won’t let us sink. Where are you looking in time of struggle and hardship?

 

Peter was willing to wait

Think of it this way- You are cooking your lunch in the microwave and it beeps that 3 minutes is up. Do you wait for it to cool down or do you just jump right in and start eating? We are not always patient in this day and age and what Peter demonstrated was a great example of waiting on the Lord for his next move. He didn’t just leap overboard and not care if what he was doing was actually from God. He waited and then made his move. This patience is something that can also help to get rid gf those nagging doubts. Take time and make time to wait and hear from God in life. We are all busy and life seems like it never stops going 100mph but the more you are willing to wait for Gods plan over doing your own thing it allows your faith and trust to grow and gives less room for doubt.

 

So that being said -How is one meant to overcome over these hurdles in life as a follower of Jesus?

A believers life will not always be easy and calm with no reason to ever doubt. It is how we respond to those doubts and how often we allow them to be our mindset that is really key. Like anything in life, too much of it is not a good thing. A constant doubtful mind offers nothing more than slow descend into unbelief and that is a dangerous place to be.

 As our faith grows stronger our doubts will become less. 

Ultimately our faith and its maturity (becoming more like Jesus) is up to us. We have the ability to grow and expand our faith, or to let it diminish and become nothing more than a word. A life of faith is a life long process to be treated with a marathon runners mentality. It will be hard, long, time-consuming, and there will be times you will want nothing more than to quit as it just seems never-ending. The struggle is very real, but we can have hope that the finish line is in sight and we will come away from it stronger and wiser than we were before. Life is a marathon not a sprint after all.