Thursday 26 Apr 2018
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John 6:49 -50

Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.


O you of little faith, why did you doubt

Mathew 14:30-31 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
There is an interesting aspect of our walk of faith which the scripture verse above sets out to reveal to us, doing so that we might gain strenght and comfort in the midst of whatever life has thrown our way.

 As people of faith, it is true that we are called to handle every event and circumstances in our life with faith. We are to view, peruse, assess, address and confront each one of them with whatever information and assurances that faith makes available to us, failure to do so could land us in the sort of trouble Peter found himself in the passage. A situation where for a moment he appeared to be in control and the next he freaked out when he wasconfronted by adversity. 

Note carefully how Peter found himself in trouble, it was recorded that his plight began when he saw the wind....., now we can only imagine what he saw in the wind, but it was surely terryfing enough to cause his faith to waiver, especially when he looked hard enough. Indeed he looked and he began to sink. But in order for him to look at the wind, he had to take his eyes off Jesus and in taking his eyes off Jesus he also forgot about the one who told him to come. You see, the desire and the confidence to walk on waters in the first place, came about because he exercised his faith in Jesus and this position was maintained as long as he kept his eyes on the one who bade him to come by paying heed to the instructio- 'come'..,he Peter felt safe and secured in this simple instruction.

John 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
The truth about our daily existence in this life is that the storms and the winds of trial may blow at any time, and just as anyone who desires to work with the sea must be ready for storms, for they are regular events associated with the sea, so also must anyone aspiring to live and even excel in the journey of life . Such must be ready to contend with the storms of life which can blow at any time, without any warning. But what sustains us in the midst of it all and keeps us from sinking , is the anchor for our soul which is hooked firmly to the assuring words as well as the promised presence of our Redeemer.

But the question arises why do we easily forget these assurances given to us via the word of God whenever the storms of life threatens? Or better still, why are we so easily terrified when confronted by the storms of life even though we have these assurances as the anchor for our soul? It would be easy to go on and draw a long list of the reasons why. But from what experience teaches, a truth which many believers will testify to, is that we easily forget these words and they become insignificant during these moments. Why is this so?
Mathew 13:19-22 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.

If we spend some time to meditate on the points highlighted in these verses, we would find that somehow in the course of trying to confront the issues of life, we manage to default into one of these categories highlighted by our Lord in the handling of the word given for our benefit. May God through the power of the Holy Spirit help to prepare the soil of our heart so that it can retain word and be fruitful with it.