Thursday 13th May 2021
Title: O Man of Little Faith (Matt 14:22-33)
By Choong Yoon Tong
Jesus chided Peter, “O man of little faith” (Matt 14:31) and the critics join in the condemnation in droves. As if they were experts in walking on water, preachers boldly advise, “set your eyes on Jesus, not on the waves and you will not sink like Peter.”
Yet the man of “little faith” called out to Jesus, “Lord, if it is you, tell me to come to you on the water” (Matt 14:28). He was not even sure if it was Jesus, but he knew if anyone walked toward them on water, it had to be Jesus, the Son of God. Peter knew he had no power to walk on water by himself, but if Jesus tells him to do so, he can. Despite the stormy situation, he saw the golden opportunity to step into a venture that was beyond his might and imagination. O what great faith that is!
Jesus has every right to chastise Peter of his “little faith”. Yet, many of us are like the disciples who were clinging tight in the boat. We still struggle with the waves that are tossing us around. The waves of everyday struggle to feed and care for the family, the struggle to stay safe against the pandemic, the toil to meet our boss’ expectations… We are too insecure to leave the boat. Many distractions cause us to miss the opportunity to walk to the Lord and with the Lord, the thrill and joy to walk on water.
Lord, help me to look beyond my daily struggles and open my eyes to see the opportunities to serve You and walk with You. Even if I ultimately sink, You are there to catch me. Even if it is a short skip on water, the moment of faith will help me to sail through any storm for the rest of my life.