“But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?’” (Matthew 14:30-31).
Like Peter in this gospel story, we sometimes take our eyes off the Lord— turning away from the living presence which IS Christ in us —and become preoccupied, instead, with the swirling of the wind and waves around us. Perhaps we become obsessed with maintaining complete control over other people in our lives; perhaps we are attempting to anticipate every possible contingency before we trust the Lord’s leading in our circumstances; perhaps we have become consumed, once again with accumulating riches or worldly honors; or perhaps— God forbid! —we are attempting yet again to achieve (what we imagine to be) spiritual goals through the strength of the flesh. Whatever the case may be, the point is that we tend to forget, at times, the futility of looking to anyone (or anything) other than Christ. We fail to remember the admonition of the Psalmist:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
NOTE: It is not a sin to doubt a “doctrine” or a mere “belief” — rather, we sin when we cease to trust in and rely on the “I Am” presence, within us, which IS the living Christ! ♥