The anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. James 1:20 Understanding our wretched condition apart from Christ is profoundly helpful for us as we pray for and long for unbelieving friends and relatives to come to Christ. Think about a father and mother who have been grieving...
When he [Peter] saw the wind, he was afraid… Matthew 14:30
Peter felt that he could trust Jesus… up to a point. He felt he could trust Jesus to suspend the law of gravity, but when he felt the power of the wind he was not so sure.
There is something profoundly illogical here. If you can trust Jesus to suspend gravity why can you not trust him with the wind? It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to say, “I believe Jesus can suspend the laws of gravity, but only in good weather conditions!”
If you trust Jesus to the point of stepping out on the water, why can you not also trust him when you feel the power of the wind?
It is a helpful exercise to ask yourself some questions about faith.
- Can you trust Jesus to blot out your sins by the power of his blood?
- Do you believe that at the point of death, Jesus will bring your soul immediately, consciously, and joyfully into God’s presence?
- Can you trust Jesus to raise your body from the grave and give you a transformed body adapted for everlasting life?
- If you can trust Jesus to save you, can you not also trust him to keep you?
- If you can trust Jesus to redeem you, can you not also trust him to provide for you?
- If Jesus can usher you into eternal life, can he not also bring you through the troubles of life?
Think about the logic of faith in the first line of Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” If the Lord is your shepherd. If you have trusted your life to him. If you belong to his flock. Then you shall not want.
If you can trust Jesus with your soul, your justification, your eternal destiny, what do you you feel is beyond his ability?