Let’s give a warm welcome to author and speaker, Wynter Pitts, as she shares with us for Day #12 of the Grounded Series!*
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What Is Faith and Why Do I Need It?
Peter walked on water!
I know the world has a lot of Peters in it, but just so we are clear, the one I am talking about was one of Jesus’s disciples. And he’s the only Peter who has ever walked on water!
Have you ever walked on water?
I didn’t think so. Me neither!
If you know anything about water, then it may be hard to believe that Peter actually walked on it. But you can believe it because it is true!
“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 (Matthew 14:28-29).
So wait! Are you thinking what I am thinking? Not only did Peter walk on water, but it was his idea!
Yes, that is exactly what this Scripture is saying. Peter asked Jesus to help him walk on water, and Jesus did it.
Wow! Can you believe that?
Peter knew a lot about water. The Bible tells us Peter was a fisherman, which means he spent a lot of time in and around water. Yet he was not afraid to ask God to do something impossible. He believed God could do it, even if it didn’t make sense to him.
In other words, Peter was a man of crazy faith!
Having faith in God means you believe He can do something even though you don’t see Him or even always understand what He may be doing.
So let me ask you a question. Do you have crazy faith? Have you ever asked God to do something impossible?
Did He do it?
It can be a little hard to really understand what it means to have faith, but think about Peter.
Having faith means you do not do things based only on what you know is possible, but you look to Jesus and believe He can do so much more than what seems possible!
What do you think the other disciples in the boat were thinking when they heard Peter’s strange request? They probably thought he was crazy, right? But Peter believed Jesus could help him walk on water even though it was a totally crazy idea. No one walks on water unless God is in control of it!
Always remember, Jesus wants you to have faith in Him. You also have to remember that Jesus wants what is best for you. Even though He may not do exactly what you are asking Him to do, still have faith in Him because He will always do what is best for your life—and you can believe that!
Dear God, thank You for Peter and for all the stories of faith in the Bible. I want to have crazy faith too! Will You help me to not be afraid to ask You for what seems impossible? Help me to trust that You will do what is best for my life even when I do not understand it. In Jesus’s name, amen.
Read Hebrews 11 to see some of the amazing things God did when people had faith in Him. Then make your very own “Faith Book.” All you have to do is make a list of things God has done in your life. Whenever you start to have doubts, read your book. I am sure it will not take you long to remember that God will do crazy things in your life when you believe in Him!
Wynter Pitts is the mom to 4 beautiful girls! She is the author of two Devotionals for Tweens, For Girls Like You and You’re God’s Girl. She is also the founder of For Girls Like You, a ministry to girls (age 6-11) and their parents, that includes a quarterly print magazine, and other print and web resources. Wynter has a passion and drive to introduce young girls to Christian values in a way that they are able to palate and digest, so they can walk passionately and boldly in who God has created them to be. Connect with Wynter on Facebook and Twitter @forgirlslikeyou
Thank you for joining us for the Grounded Series, Wynter!
We hope that you will go and checkout Wynter’s resources for tween girls over at For Girls Like You.
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