I woke up with my heart pounding, anxiety digging a crater in my gut. 

I can’t do this, God! What if I make a fool of myself?”

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The only way I’ve learned how to be confident in my calling has been to brave self-doubt by taking the next step.

Still, sometimes the next right step feels like one huge leap across two high-rises. It feels like I could miss the mark and watch my dignity come crashing down along with all my dreams.

Maybe you feel this same hesitation? You know, that pause before you step off the platform and trust you’re really hooked up to the zip line? It’s the moment you decide to risk your fear of failing in order to fall into the freedom of living God’s purpose for you.

In Matthew 14 the disciples are terrified when they see Jesus walking on water. He reassures them,“Take courage. It is I. Don’t be afraid!” 

Even though I’ve read this passage many times, something stood out to me that hadn’t before.

Peter tells Jesus to prove it’s him by asking Jesus to invite him to walk on the water. 

And Jesus says, “Come.” 

Peter got what he asked for!  When he took that first step out of the boat, he actually walked on the lake!

How amazing is that?

We know what happens next, though. He looks at the waves, gets scared and sinks. Jesus reaches out his hand and catches him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:31

Why do we doubt when we know the truth already?

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Somewhere along the way, Peter was afraid to take the next step.

Even though it was his idea in the first place. Even though seconds ago he was actually walking on water and experiencing the miraculous power of Jesus first-hand.

Still, doubt crept in. And Jesus asked Peter, “where did your faith go?”

Peter could have just stayed in the boat. But he did take that first step.

And when he sank, he took Jesus’ hand, got back up and kept walking.

I used to think self-doubt was just about battling my insecurity. But now I see,  I’m not only doubting myself, I’m also doubting God.

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How?

1. I doubt he will make me brave.

2. I doubt his presence with me in the storm.

3. I doubt he will save me if I fall.

4. I doubt his love for me.

5. I doubt the power of the Holy Spirit working through me.

6. I doubt I’m enough in him.

7. I doubt he’ll use my weakness to show his power.

8. I doubt he will fulfill me.

9. I doubt the truth of who he says I am.

10. I doubt I’ll be ok if I mess up.

Every time I walk in faith, I learn how to trust Jesus. And it feels kind of like walking on water—because I know I couldn’t do it without his power and strength.

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Our Christian walk will have times of faith and times of doubt.

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We can count on Jesus to reach out his hand and help us when our circumstances take our focus off of him.

When my children took their first wobbling steps, I held out my arms and couldn’t wait for them to reach my embrace.

I was the paparazzi. I praised each step in my high-pitched mommy voice and encouraged them to walk on.

God does the same with us. He’s our loving Father who cheers us on to take another step of faith.

What next step is God asking you to take?

How has your self-doubt helped you discover God’s faithfulness? 

Shortly before dawn, Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.

When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said and cried out in fear.

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 

“Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 

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?”

And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.

Matthew 14:22-26

Check back for next week’s post where I will share a free PDF

“25 Bible Verses To Help You Take the Next Step In Faith.”

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