|Peter walking on water|
Most of us are familiar with the story; Jesus sends His disciples off in a ship while he goes into the mountains to pray; after a while the small ship becomes caught in a storm at sea. Jesus then appears to them walking upon the surface of the water; as He approaches, the disciples are fearful because they think they are seeing a ghost. Jesus assures them not to be afraid for it is Him. Peter, ever the impulsive one, asks Jesus:
"If it is really you, then ask me to come out to you on the water".
(gotta love that Peter)...Peter starts out with great faith, In fact it took a lot of faith to even ask the Lord to call him out in the first place. I can relate to that kind of faith because I have said "Here am I Lord, use me"; but what happens next is truley an amazing display of faith , remember what FAITH is:
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.Hebrews 11:1-3 (in Context) Hebrews 11 (Whole Chapter)
When Peter literally steps out in faith he is creating a reality from something not seen and making it evident to all who are witness to it. That is faith in action, that is what is possible through Faith in Jesus.
But what happens next is something that I think we can all relate to unfortunately; Peter takes his focus from Jesus (the goal), and becoming aware of his circumstances, starts to sink; he cries out to Jesus and immediately is delivered. The Lord's first response was to immediately save Peter from his circumstance; 31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, And then He makes this statement: “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
So, Why don't we all walk on water? what stands in our way? How much faith do we actually have and use? Jesus said: Matthew 17:20
... for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
Matthew 17:19-21 (in Context) Matthew 17 (Whole Chapter)
Wow! A mustard seed is really really small, so Jesus is saying that if my faith is really really small, I can command a mountain to move, in fact NOTHING will be impossible for me!
If someone were to ask me how much faith do I have, I may be inclined to say I have a little bit of faith, but if that is true, then no matter my circumstance, nothing is impossible for me as long as I can keep my focus on Jesus and not on the circumstance. I can, in essence, re-create the reality of what I see & percieve around me, effecting a result according to the will of God in my life.
(because no matter what we want to happen, it is ultimately dependant upon the will of God for us.)
So, what stands in our way? Doubt. Doubt is the barrier that we build when we take our eyes off of the Lord even for a moment. I believe Jesus exemplified the endless possibilities that we are created to be capable of.
I don't think I've met anyone on earth yet, apart from Jesus, who has actually moved a mountain or walked on water, so I don't think I have met anyone who has any measure of faith who has never doubted.
..So, Jesus is asking, Why do you doubt?