Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, March 1, 2015

When Questions Become Answers: Part 1

Are you a skeptic? Do you have misgivings about certain beliefs? Do you have doubts about God’s presence in your life? Are you wondering if He hears your prayers or if He even exists? 

If you answered “yes” to any or all of those questions, you’re not alone. I would venture to say that every person on the planet has experienced uncertainty about God at some point in their lives. Does it ever stop? When do we become confident in our beliefs? Over the next few weeks, we will examine several Biblical examples of indecisive people who encountered a moment of truth and chose to believe. Hopefully their decisions will help us uncover our own doubts and discover a new found trust in Almighty God.

Peter, one of Jesus’ twelve disciples and also part of His inner circle, witnessed growing crowds choosing to follow the Lord. As they all journeyed on the “freedom” mission, more and more people accompanied them. Among the multitudes, Peter heard Jesus speak about the gospel of the Kingdom of God and he observed many miracles. He even watched as Jesus multiplied five loaves and two fish to feed thousands. Incredibly twelve baskets were filled with leftovers. Did witnessing these events ground His faith in Jesus the Christ? Or was it possible that arrogance filled his heart as he noticed their group’s popularity rise? Whatever the case, he learned a valuable lesson one night when a storm took him down. 

After feeding five thousand people, Jesus put His disciples in a boat and told them to cross the Sea of Galilee where He would join them later. He needed some alone time in prayer with His Heavenly Father. When He finally chose to join them, He traveled by foot on top of the sea. Yes, Jesus walked on water, actually turbulent water, while the wind and waves pitched and plunged objects on the sea.

When Jesus’ disciples saw Him walking on water, they shrieked in fear. But Jesus said, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”

Peter immediately responded, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 

And He said, “Come!” 

Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water toward Jesus. When he saw the wind, he became frightened and began to sink. “Lord, save me!” he cried out. Jesus immediately stretched out His hand, took hold of him, and said, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”  

Once Jesus and Peter were in the boat, the wind and waves stopped. The disciples then began to worship Jesus, saying, “You are certainly God’s Son!” (Read Matthew 14:22-33.)

Why did Peter doubt? He had witnessed miracle after miracle—he walked with Jesus, for goodness sake. Like us, he kept looking at his circumstances and the situations around him instead of fully focusing on Jesus. He continually wavered with indecision about his beliefs. Not until after Jesus died, arose, and ascended back to heaven did Peter truly stand firm on the Word of God. (Read Acts 2-3.) When God’s Holy Spirit entered him on the day of Pentecost, he never dithered with his faith anymore. Fear and doubt never again hindered him. He courageously delivered the truth of God’s Word until his dying breath, which took place on a cross as he hung upside down.

Are you vacillating with your faith in Jesus? Are you drowning in a sea of uncertainty? Have you experienced moments of clarity and truth about God Almighty only to be afflicted seconds later with distrust and doubt about Him? Where is your focus?

Purposely place your focus on Jesus Christ. Trust the truth of His holy Word. Even when doubts assail you, your heart and mind will be guarded by God. 

O Lord my God, in You I put my trust; save me from all those who persecute me, and deliver me.  Psalm 7:1 (MEV)

Our fathers trusted in You; they trusted, and You did deliver them.  Psalm 22:4 (MEV)

Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord, God of truth.  Psalm 31:5 (MEV)

Guard the treasure that was committed to you through the Holy Spirit who lives in us. 2 Timothy 1:14 (MEV)

Therefore guard your minds, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.  1 Peter 1:13 (MEV)

Stay tuned for part 2 of “When Questions Become Answers”.........

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