I’ve spent a lot of time pondering standing fast in the face of opposition. It actually is the reason for my most recent Dyed4you Art piece called Stand Fast. And today as I was reading the word, God highlighted it to me again. Here’s Matthew 14:28-33:
And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Two things were specifically highlighted to me:
- He saw the wind and was afraid and doubted
- When he got back in the boat the wind stopped
You see Jesus could have stopped the wind if he wanted to, after all he’d done it before (Matthew 8:23-27). He ALLOWED the wind to blow to give Peter’s faith a chance to grow.
“Count it all joy… when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” – James 1:2-4
God gives us opportunities to grow – the implication there is that without the opportunities we would NOT grow. Or at least not as fast. So perhaps as you look at the challenges in your life filter them through the fact that those challenges are opportunities, not opposition. God is His infinite wisdom knows what we can handle and will walk through it all with us if we’re willing to walk and willing to be with Him.
Father God, thank You for giving us opportunities for our faith to grow. Thank You for Your patience with us as You give us opportunities to reject fear and doubt and to trust You completely regardless of what our circumstances are telling us. Help us keep our eyes fixed on You and our hearts set on Your promises – You are faithful. May we be fully persuaded that You are fully able to perform ANYTHING You’ve said. Thank You that You are steadfast. Help us be more like You.