Developing Deeper Trust in God

Sam Petitfils 

“And Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, ‘Lord, save me.’ Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’ And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.”  Matthew 14:28-32

Peter, in what could only be described as an act of faith, asked Jesus to bid him to come to Him on the water. Jesus granted the request, but then Peter began to doubt, and sank in the water. Jesus rescued him, of course, and then rebuked him for doubting. Soon after, the wind ceased and the disciples worshiped Him.

Let’s look at how Jesus would lead them to deeper faith. He asked Peter why he doubted. Hadn’t Jesus himself just walked on water? He then stilled the angry sea. Did Peter take the time to ponder these truths? Partly he did, or he would not have asked Jesus to bid him to walk on water. But then he doubted. So a good question to ponder is, “How do we develop deeper trust in God?”

First of all, believe very firmly what you do know about God. By this point, Peter knew Jesus could heal the sick, feed multitudes, teach profound parables, raise the dead, and cast out demons. He needed to reflect deeply upon these truths in order to build his faith. Once he settled in his heart and mind that Jesus was Lord of all, he could move forward in faith. We, too, need to believe what the Word of God teaches, and to think very deeply on these precious truths.

Secondly, let what you know about God govern what you don’t know. Perhaps Peter wasn’t quite sure Jesus would grant his request, but Jesus did! Then Peter might have thought, “Wow! I’m walking on water. That’s not possible.” But it was possible, as he himself learned. However, human nature took over, and he sank. We also begin to sink sometimes, and when we do we should recall the great acts of God, not only in the Bible, but also in our lives.

Did God rescue you from near disaster before? Is He able to do so? Can He who stilled the raging sea take care of my problems? Of course He can, and we should draw rich comfort from that. Does God love me, and does He care about me? Indeed He does, and so we should let these precious truths govern our confidence about the future. God controls the events of this world and also controls the events of our lives. In fact, He does whatever He pleases (Psalm 115:3). No earthly event, earthly circumstance, or natural disaster can overthrow God’s rule of our life.

Thirdly, approach the future with confidence. You know God controls all things, you know He cares for you more than anyone else could. You know He will not allow you to sink under the weight of pressing problems. Trust Him, because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).

Let’s set out today with a song in our heart and a joy in our souls. Jesus has overcome, and will never leave us or forsake us. Walk in victory, because Jesus has already won the victory. He is worthy of our deepest trust.

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