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Jesus Asks: Why Did You Doubt?

Why Did You DoubtToday we hear the famous Gospel reading of Jesus walking on water (Matt 14:22-36). When Peter hears Jesus telling them not to be afraid, that it is Him, Peter replies, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water” (Matt 14:28). Jesus tells Peter to come out to meet Him and Peter does just that. However, Peter sees how strong the wind is blowing, and he begins to sink in the water. What does Jesus say in response to that? “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

What was Peter’s Problem?

Why do you think Peter made such a comment, if he did not have the faith needed to follow through on Jesus’ command? Sometimes, we think we have enough faith to weather a storm, only to learn, when faced with adversity, that we are weak. We doubt the efficacy of the saving power of God. Faith is a mysterious thing. We do not know how much faith we have until it is put to the test.

Why did you doubt?

When was the last time your faith was put to the test? How did you do? I must admit that I think I am a woman of faith; faith in a God who will never abandon me. And yet, when I find my faith put to the test, I am more like Saint Peter – I doubt! I question whether God thinks what I am concerned about is important enough for His intercession. Then, lo and behold, He comes through with an answer. And in the same manner that He calmed the seas for the Apostles, He calms my fears. So, I join with the chorus of the Apostles, who jubilantly proclaimed, “Truly you are the Son of God!” (Matt 14:33)

Do you have something worrying heavy on your heart today? If so, pray for God to step in and give you some answers, a path forward, and His Peace. Have faith!

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