With all the problems in the world today, it’s easy to focus on the storms and turmoil. Instead, we should be
looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2)
Jesus is the answer to every human need. He will provide. He will deliver victory—not based on what we do, but on what He has done. All we need to do is believe Him.
Peter was the only disciple to step out onto the water while the others stayed in the boat. Even so, when he looked at the wind and waves, he began to sink. Matthew 14:31 tells us that Jesus caught him and asked,
“Why did you doubt?”
We make a big deal about how much faith we have in God; it’s a bigger deal that God has faith in us. He believes we can do what He has called us to do, yet it’s easy to waver and doubt.
When the Israelites refused to enter Canaan because of the spies’ report about giants, Joshua said not to fear them,
“for they are our bread” (Numbers 14:9)
Joshua was a man of faith and of power. His perspective was that with God all things are possible; God has given us the land, and our enemies will be turned into our nourishment.
Forty years later, God encouraged Joshua before leading the people into battle:
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed. The Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9)
When God says not to be afraid, He’s preparing us that things may not be easy.
Yet first He says, “Have I not commanded you?” From God’s perspective, when He commands, it’s a done deal. When God says, “Let there be light,” there is light.
Then He promises, “The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
We also hear God’s command and promise in the Great Commission:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations …; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20)
What God has commanded, He will accomplish. We simply need to do our part and proclaim the Good News.
And as we obey Him, we have His assurance in Hebrews 13:5: