Wish you had more faith?
I know how you can get it. It’s foolproof.
Speaking of faith, which do you think requires more?
Doing what God asks of you? Or believing for what you ask of Him?
Peter had to do both.
In Matthew 14, 5,000 people gather in the hot sun to hear Jesus preach. Far from food or water, the disciples urge Jesus to wrap up his sermon so the people could go home and not, you know…die.
Here was Jesus’ response:
Matthew 14:16-17 But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.” “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered.
Feeding 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish is impossible. And evidenced by the reply of the disciples, I don’t think the disciples had any faith, at all, that it could be done.
But that’s ok. Because God wasn’t asking for faith. He was asking for obedience.
They had no faith. They just obeyed. And a miracle took place.
When God asks you to do something impossible, and you have no faith, that’s ok. Obedience will do.
The 5,000 are fed. And not coincidentally, 12 bags of leftovers remained, a lesson for each of the disciples to take home.
But it’s what happens AFTER they obey that grabs my attention.
Right after the miracle the disciples head in a boat, emboldened by faith, feeling confident that they are walking with a powerful miracle worker. If you’ve ever played sports, imagine that feeling of hitting the game winning shot, or catching the game winning touchdown. A swagger as you walk off the field.
I’m sure that’s how they boarded. Heads up, shoulders back.
With their newfound confidence, one of them began to experiment, to test the limits of His power.
Not long after they depart, a storm hits their boat, Jesus comes walking on water in the middle of the storm, and says “hi” to the disciples.
Peter looks out to the figure in the midst, not even entirely sure that it’s who he thinks it is, and responds:
Matthew 14:28-29 “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over…
A few verses ago Jesus was asking Peter to do something impossible: Feed 5,000 people with crumbs. And he did it.
Now Peter was asking Jesus to do something impossible: Let me walk on water. And He did it.
That’s the secret right there. That’s the seed.
The faith that Peter displayed on the waters, was planted by his obedience on the mountain.
Obedience precedes faith. The more you obey, the more you see God move, the more you believe.
A lot of people struggle with “faith”. Faith as some have defined it: “being certain of what’s uncertain.”
But that struggle is born out of disobedience. Disobedience: “being uncertain of what is certain”.
First do what you’re CERTAIN God wants you to do, what He asks you to do in the Scriptures. Then you’ll have the faith to ask Him to do what you read in the Scripture.
If you wish you had more faith, try obedience.