No Doubt?

Day 22

Prayer for the day

I will thank you, O LORD my God, with all my heart, and glorify your Name for evermore.

Scripture for the day

Exodus 4-6, Matthew 14:22-36

Many of us with caring parents are assured regularly that we can do anything we put our minds to. We are encouraged to go for the gold, reach for the stars, make a splash. Today’s self-esteem movement teaches kids that they don’t have weaknesses, or that if they do, their strengths more than make up for them.

Apparently Moses and Peter had parents who weren’t quite as encouraging.

Through their words and actions, both Moses and Peter doubt the power of God to accomplish something in them. Moses tells God He may have made a mistake in picking someone with such a bad speech impediment to talk to Pharaoh. Peter starts to sink halfway through his water-walk when he looks down at the waves and gets a fright.

Frankly, I don’t blame either one of them. The call of God to talk to the most powerful man on earth, insisting that he let his slaves go free, isn’t the easiest call. The call of Jesus to trust his power and walk across a stormy sea would be tough, even if Hebrews didn’t have a less-than-comfy relationship with water.

The plain fact of the matter is that while we may mock Moses and Peter for their doubt, Moses and Peter are us. Almost every time. The power of God is incredible, yet so often we fail to recognize it, acknowledge it, or trust it. We believe ourselves unable, unwilling, untrustworthy, we don’t want to respond, we don’t think we can pull it off. We follow our forebears in doubting ourselves and in doubting the power of our God.

In the end, Moses was able to speak to Pharaoh and free the Israelites, and Jesus proclaimed that the church would be built on Peter’s declaration. But hindsight is twenty-twenty. In the moment, both Peter and Moses froze. Like we freeze. Like we freeze when a friend asks about our faith, or when our faith requires us to step into a place of risk or discomfort. We freeze, because we’re not sure God can keep a promise using our silly little lives.

Yet in those moments, God is willing and able to thaw us, to use us, and to accomplish incredible things through us.

Believe in the power of the one who calls you. He will not abandon you.

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