Matthew 14

Matthew 14:30

But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Seeing the wind. Peter took his eyes off the Lord and got distracted by his circumstances.

Matthew 14:31

Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”

(a) You of little faith. Peter’s faith had been displaced by doubt. Jesus is not saying there are degrees of faith, for even mustard-seed faith will move mountains (Matt. 17:20). Just as the disciples in the storm were captive to fear (Matt. 8:26), Peter was incapacitated by doubt.

(b) Why did you doubt? Doubt and faith cannot coexist (Matt. 21:21). The one who doubts has the mind of a storm-tossed sea (Jas. 1:6). The remedy to doubt is not to whip yourself into a frenzy of DIY faith, but to stay focused on Jesus.

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