每日诗歌: 看不见的时候 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBxxl1M2guQ)
在马太福音书中常会出现“你这小信的人啊“， 每一次读到这话，我的心就很不平静。 是不是我的疑惑使我成了小信的人？我的疑惑会不会使神不喜悦呢？
Genesis 46 [Read]
Genesis 47 [Read]
Genesis 48 [Read]
Matthew 14:22-36 [Read]
“You of little faith” is often found in Matthew. Every time I come across it, my heart is stirred. Do my doubts make me a man of little faith? Would God be displeased by my doubts?
Jesus walking on water is an episode recorded by Matthew, Mark, and John. However, it is Matthew who uniquely recorded the part of Peter walking on water. This particular addition made the story even more intriguing. Being an impulsive person, Peter was not going to let the opportunity get by without doing something special. “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water” (Matt 14:28). Jesus granted his wish, and he actually started walking on water for a few steps at least. Then “he saw the wind” (14:30), and “he was afraid”. The doubts sunk in, and that’s the end of his walk. We have to give Peter a lot of credit, for he did know where to turn under the circumstances: “Lord, save me!” He was saved and the wind stopped.
On the surface, Peter made a foolish move. But with a closer look, his move was based on much faith. First, he knew that if it was indeed Jesus, then he would be able to make Peter walk on water. The question was not whether Jesus could do that, but whether the voice was from Jesus. Second, when Jesus answered “come”, Peter went ahead and started walking on water. He was sure that his Lord would not allow an imposter to harm him. So when the voice said “come”, he then knew it was Jesus alright. But the problem was with doubts, and that’s why Jesus called him a man of little faith. He should not have looked at the wind, and he should not have moved his eyes away from his Lord.
I find it comforting in reading the following quote from a 19th-century preacher: "Christ never failed to distinguish between doubt and unbelief. Doubt is can't believe; unbelief is won't believe. Doubt is honesty; unbelief is obstinacy. Doubt is looking for light; unbelief is being content with darkness." He is Lord, and He understands our weaknesses and doubts. When we cried out like Peter, His hand is there to save us under any circumstances.
Keep on reading, we are in the 20’s now.