We like to bargain, and at times, we bargain with God because we get desperate. A sick child or some other despairing circumstance forces us to cry out and make a deal with God to spare the child or fix an impossible situation, and if God provides, we will fulfill some kind of promise we made to God. Bargaining means we have something to offer. Now, what in the world—literally—does God need! We are bargaining with an empty hand.
Grace and faith got Peter out of the boat to walk on water, but when the wind kicked up, he failed to trust his faith, and he cried out.
We’re pretty good about walking on water when the weather is favorable in our lives until the storm hits, and then we too cry out, “Lord, save us.” We’ve been living at times with inclement to stormy weather, and yet here we are. We continuously look for stable ground, yet nothing is stable in our lives except God’s love for us.
Not to blame Peter for his momentary faith-failing, but when the boat landed on shore, the people there recognized Jesus and brought their sick if only to touch the tassel on his cloak to be healed. How’s that for faith! But alas, our human frailty betrays our faith. However, in our weakness, we can look through the stormy waters of our lives, and Jesus will ask us, “…why do you doubt?”
In a committed relationship, we want to be trusted and to trust the other. Jesus asks for nothing less. Getting into the boat is a start.
Let Us Pray:
My soul rests in God alone, from whom comes my salvation. God alone is my rock and salvation, my fortress; I shall never fall. My deliverance and honor are with God, my strong rock; my refuge is with God. (Psalm 62:2-3, 6-8)
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