This week I was reading in Matthew 14 where Jesus calls Peter to come to Him as He is walking on the water. Peter, full of faith, steps out of the boat, believing Jesus when He said "Come." Peter, I believe, didn't even think of fear...the only thing on his mind was to reach Jesus. All of a sudden, doubt swept in, and down Peter went. We know what happened next, Jesus reached out and saved Peter. In verse 31, Jesus said to Peter....
"O you of little faith. Why did you doubt and dance back and forth between following me and heeding fear?"
Notice what is in italics. This hit me like a brick. Yeah...why do I do this? Why am I filled with faith one minute and then doubt hits me and I dance back and forth between fear and belief? Why am I so easily moved? Have you ever struggled with this? Please tell me I am not the only one! I want to trust God with everything, always believing, never doubting....but that feels like a pipe dream on some days.
But what Jesus is saying here tells me it is possible to overcome doubt and be steadfast in our faith, even when waves are crashing up against us and all we see is deep, dark ocean beneath. If it weren't so, He wouldn't have questioned Peter.
Let's together stop the dance and stand firm in our faith, believing that all we need is Jesus and His everlasting love and power.