We have an adversary and his name is Satan. He is in the discouragement business and every opportunity to bring us emotionally or psychologically to our knees serves his ultimate purpose: separating us from God.
Matthew’s gospel records the story of Peter walking on water, brimming with faith that Jesus would keep him from sinking, even in the middle of an awful storm. Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water,” to which Jesus said, “Come.” Yet, even in the middle of a bona-fide miracle, Peter could not help but be frightened by a ferocious wind and in that moment, Satan delivered discouragement to the fisherman, who began to sink.
Think about all of the sinking moments in your life. Lost jobs, quarrels with family, bad grades in school…each of us have tasted that despair and if we’re honest, it is in those moments that we feel as though God is far away. But the Bible commands us to draw near to Him and to resist the devil, who will flee from us. As believers, we easily forget that we have been empowered to do that which God has commanded, just like Peter, who was first commanded to walk out on the water.
Unbelief comes as quickly as it goes and when the winds of life blow hard against our bow, it has a way of disappointing even the most faithful among us. But, if we keep our eyes on Christ — follow His teachings and pray as He taught us — we will be able to weather the fiercest of storms.
7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.