Footsteps of Faith

by Stephen F. Olford

Footsteps of Faith

Text: "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" (Read Matt. 14:22-33, NKJV).

Thought: When Peter "walked on the water" it illustrated how a person's little faith can lead to fulfilled faith, when rightly related to the Lord Jesus Christ. Peter's response to the call of Christ to venture forth into the unknown is, therefore, a lesson on faith.

Willing faith-"[Peter] walked on the water to go to Jesus" (v. 29). Here was a disciple who was willing to do his Master's will. This was more than any of the rest of them attempted! This venture of faith must, of necessity, be an initial step for each one of us.

Wavering faith-"But when [Peter] saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried outů`Lord, save me!'" (v. 30). While he had his eyes fixed on Jesus all was well; but, human-like, he looked around him. How true this is of all of us! When the storms of life, the winds of false doctrine, or the waves of persecution strike fear into the soul, faith begins to waver. James says, "He who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the windů.Let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord" (James 1:6,7). So Peter began to sink into the very elements that had distracted his attention from the Lord. This brought him to his senses and he clearly saw that the only hope of recovery was a return to the faith which led him to come to Jesus in the first place.

Worshiping faith-"Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, `Truly You are the Son of God'" (v. 33). You can be sure that Peter was one of the disciples prostrate at the feet of Jesus. When faith comes through the willing and wavering phase to the quality of worshiping faith, it reaches the point to which God wants to bring each one of us. Worshiping faith leaves no margin for self-confidence or self-effort. Christ becomes all in all and, therefore, adequate for every demand of life.

Footsteps of faith always lead to the sufficiency that is to be found in Jesus.

Thrust:

I have His unfailing Word.

Step by step I follow Him,

Jesus Christ, my precious Lord;

Even when my faith is slim,

S.F.O.