Have you ever asked God for something, had faith that he was going to answer your prayer and then fear snuck in and made you have doubts. You are in good company.
Let me paint a picture of Peter and Jesus.
In Matthew 14: 22-36, Jesus has just finished teaching and feeding the multitude of people in Tiberius and He sends his disciples ahead of him in a boat to the other side near Capernaum while he goes off to pray. When he is finished praying he looks out into the sea, sees the boat and starts walking on the water towards it. Meanwhile, in the boat, the disciples are losing their minds thinking it’s a ghost and they are beside themselves in fear. Jesus says “It’s me, do not be afraid.” Peter, of course, says “Lord, if it is you, let me come to you.” Jesus said to Peter, “Come.”
Peter steps out of the boat and starts walking on the water towards Jesus. But then Peter realizes the wind is fierce and he lets fear creep in and he begins to sink in the water. He cries out to Jesus saying “Lord save me.” Jesus reached out his hand and caught him and said to him “Oh ye of little faith, why did you doubt.” When they got into the boat the wind ceased.
What can we learn from this story?
Peter started out with faith by stepping out of the boat. He soon realizes the wind is still blowing frantically and he starts to have doubts and he starts sinking. If he would have kept his eyes on Jesus, would he have made it to where Jesus was? I think so!
Even during the storms of life when the wind is hitting us on every side, as long as we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, believe in his Word and promises, we will continue to walk in faith and not doubt. As soon as we start to look at our circumstances, we begin to panic and fear creeps in.
My charge to all of us is when doubt and fear creeps in, take those thoughts captive and give them to Jesus. He will help you to live a life of unwavering faith.