And He said, "Come!" And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and
came toward Jesus.
But seeing the wind,
he became afraid, and beginning
to sink, he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!"
immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him,
"O you of little faith, why did you
Matthew 14:23-33 (NAS)
True Faith Demonstrated by Action
In almost all cases, true faith will be demonstrated by some action on our
part. Peter demonstrated his faith in Jesus when he obeyed Jesus' command
to come out on the water.
In demonstrating his faith...Peter stepped out on
the water. In the case of the people that
Jesus healed, many of them went to extraordinary
lengths to get to Jesus or to bring their friends to
Jesus (e.g., the paralyzed man whose friends opened
up the roof and let him down through the roof in
Luke 5:18-19). If we have the assurance and confidence of faith that Jesus
will help us,
will we not act to bring ourselves and others to
Peter could have sat in the boat...and claimed that he had faith in Jesus'
power. But instead, he stepped out into the water (obeying Jesus' command
to come out of the boat) and demonstrated his
faith to the others around him.
Unfortunately, Peter's faith was still not strong enough that he could
withstand being afraid and doubting. Would you not agree that a "little
faith" is better than "no faith?"
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