and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.Acts 13:39
When Peter Pan came to the Darling house it was to find his shadow which he had apparently lost last time he was there. But when the kids wake up and discover his presence, he decides to take them back to Neverland with him. But in order to fly, the kids have to do two things. First, they have to be sprinkled with pixie dust from his fairy Tinker Bell. This alone won’t work though, the next thing they have to do is believe. In fact, the fairy dust is only as powerful as the faith. Peter tells them, “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.” Why author J.M. Barrie was so legalistic about faith I don’t know, but this story reminds me of a story about another Peter. In this story Jesus comes to the disciples boat via the top of the water, and Peter gets so excited to see this miracle that he steps out onto the water to get to Jesus. And he’s doing it, he’s actually walking on water until he starts to realize that he shouldn’t be able to walk on water and so he sinks. “O you of little faith,” says Jesus.
When we first believe we can often have the faith of Peter stepping out onto the waves, but as we grow in faith, a lot of times that fire burns lower and the workaday world starts to appear as water beneath our feet. Suddenly, we realize we can’t do it, and the our legs sink deeper and deeper into the dark waters below. If it were a matter of pixie dust and flying this lack of faith would mean the end for the believer, but thankfully doubt is not a black hole from which we can never return. Doubt is a normal part of life, it’s what we do with the doubt that determines if we grow and die. When we faithfully grow in our faith the doubt we experience is a bump in the road not a step into the watery depths. Faithfully growing means being certain, not of your ability to walk on water, but of God’s goodness, love, and faithfulness. Today might be a challenge to your faith in yourself and your power to trust God, but don’t let it be a challenge to your certainty that God still can, even when you can’t.
Questions to ponder
What is the closest thing to a miracle you have witnessed or experienced?
What issue are you finding hard to trust God with today?
Take time to write down three times in your past when God showed up and was faithful.