Faith

January 8, 2008
by Julie Bowles

Matthew 14:30-32 – But when [Peter] saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord save me!" Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?" And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. (NIV)

What is faith? It comes at various times in our lives easily, and at other times in a wave of doubt. For me, right now, as our sons are becoming young men, I seem to be finding myself in the waves of doubt:

  • Watching our sons and two of their friends leave for two days to an Acquire the Fire gathering, taking the car on a one-and-three-quarter-hour journey.
  • Praying for their safety and for use of the common sense that we have hopefully instilled during their growing up.
  • Praying for the salvation of one of their friends.

Faith is knowing that the prayer has been heard and answered according to God's will.

Time after time, if we turn to Jesus, He knows just what to give us to calm those fears and doubts.

In the Bible, we find people who prayed in faith, believing God to provide for their every need. How come then do we seem to have it in our heads that we can provide for all our own needs? Is our faith somehow different now than it was back then? Have we become complacent in our walk with the Lord? At times I fear this is true.

Many times in the Gospel accounts, we read about the healings that Jesus did. The people were healed because of their faith — not because of what they had or what they did — but through their faith.

The following verse is a great one to put into the deep areas of our hearts for the times of doubt that will come our way.

Matthew 21:21 – So Jesus answered and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' it will be done." (NKJV)

Prayer: Dear Lord, we thank You for the amazing promises of the Bible that we can embrace in times of doubt and fear. Thank You that You promise to meet us wherever we are. Help us to instill Your love and promises into the lives of others who do not know Your love for each of us. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Julie Bowles <julieanni@rogers.com>
Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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