by Stephen Whitney

Fear Of Circumstances (2 of 7)
Series: Overcoming Failure - Lessons From The Life Of Peter
Stephen Whitney
Matthew 14:25-31

II Corinthians 5:7 We walk by faith, not by sight. Because God is Spirit we can not see him. J.B. Philips paraphrased it: ''We have to live by trusting God without seeing him.''

When troubles come into our lives it can be hard to continue to trust God because we cannot see him. Circumstances can become so overwhelming that we doubt if he will or can take care of us. Those circumstances could be:

1. A family problem which never seems to go away. 2. A relationship which has been broken. 3. A job opportunity that is now gone. 4. A health problem which lingers on. 5. A habit that seems impossible to break. 5. A temptation which still defeats you.

Whatever the circumstance may be we can be tempted not to walk by faith, but instead to panic because we don't believe God will handle the situation the way it needs to be handled. We can doubt that God will take care of us in our time of need.

Peter was a committed follower of Jesus, but there were times in his life when he failed to trust him in difficult circumstances.

Background :22-24 Jesus had been teaching a large crowd of people all day and when evening came he told the disciples to get into a boat and go to the other side of the Sea of Galilee and he sent the people away while he went on up a mountain to be alone with his heavenly father.

:24 Long way from land - John 6:18 more than 3 miles from land which would have been about in the middle of the Sea of Galilee.

Beaten (KJB tossed) - Gk. distressed, harassed or opposed. It was used of a boat struggling with a head wind against it.

FEAR OF UNKNOWN :25-27 Miracle :25 Fourth watch of the night - would have been between 3 and 6 am. The Creator of the universe can do anything he wants to do in the world he created. He can turn water into wine, heal the sick and feed five thousand men plus women and children with just ...

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