Tim Brown

READ : Matthew 14:22-33

Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” (v. 31)

When Jesus stings Peter and says, “You of little faith,” what is the object of Peter’s faltering faith? Did he doubt Jesus or himself? I think Peter’s doubt was self-directed. When push came to shove, he did not believe that he could walk on water. Jesus once said to his disciples that they would do greater works than he. Discipleship-making turns on the premise that if the Rabbi can do it the disciple can do it, too. If Jesus walks on water, his disciples can walk on water! Peter lacked self-confidence!

Listen to C. S. Lewis in Mere Christianity: “[Jesus Christ] will make the feeblest and filthiest of us into a . . . dazzling, radiant, immortal creature, pulsating all through with such energy and joy and wisdom and love as we cannot now imagine, a bright stainless mirror which reflects back to God perfectly (though, of course, on a smaller scale) His own boundless power and delight and goodness. The process will be long and in parts very painful; but that is what we are in for. Nothing less. He meant what he said.”


Lord Jesus, bid us to get out of our boats, whatever our boats are called, and walk on the water with you! Amen.