I’ve been really challenged this week by the thoughts of self worth, I heard an interesting sermon based on matthew 14 where;
Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
Instead of the usual explanation, this pastor suggested that it was not peter’s faith in Jesus that he doubted, but it was a loss of faith in himself, that he as God’s follower, couldnt walk on water, even with the power of the lord to sustain him.
For as he rightly points out, God has faith in us, that we will perform the works and deeds that he has planned for us to do. He knows where we will stumble, where we will struggle, where we will lose heart, YET he continues to use us as his instruments in his wholesome and perfect plan.
The devil is crafty and dangerous in tempting us to disbelief, in God, and more problematically in ourselves. For it becomes our excuse. I cant - I don’t know how, I’m not ready, I’ll mess it up, -the all to familiar sounds of our fears of failure. We need to have more faith that the Lord will equip us with what we need to get his job done. I am quick to forget his provision for me, both the material goods and the gifts which he has equipped me with.
Let us grow to be like children, eager for him to lead us, and us to have a greater faith that all will be provided, that our hearts will always be loved and that he will never abandon us.
Growing up in this sinful world hardens us. With sins entering the betrayal has ever increased and how much harder does it become to not be in control when we’ve been hurt by betrayal so many times already, to trust again? By our families by our friends the list goes on and on. But there is always one that has never left our sides. We may have been blinded from him, enticed away by the devil and his minions and how glorious did that path originally look! But what a lie! What a trap! and when we humbly return to his side how much more his glory appears. Praise him that it is not through our works that we can ever be accepted. Thank him for his compassion and love. If it was left to our devices how could we ever be accepted? We couldn’t.
Then look to the day, where there will be no more mourning, no more death, no more crying, where the old order of the world will have passed away and all will shout in heaven and on earth “Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God almighty”. How glorious will that day be. How peaceful. How exciting. How marvelous. What a blessing. And the knowledge that he, this same loving one is with us everyday, leading us, calling to us to go and follow him, to accept that wonderful gift. And yet so many have closed their minds, their hearts and their ears. Be not so. Pray you open yourselves once more, one last chance. One where you shall never be disappointed, where his love will conquer all, even death. Where he has given everything, his own son, so that he could rescue you. So think not of yourselves as worthless, but as precious gems, heartily sort after.
I Pray you, ask him and believe, he will not disappoint. For he is most high and worthy and is love. Seek no longer. He is here.