Faith can swim

Have you ever watched, or have you ever been in the position of someone learning to swim?

if you have you will know the wretched sense of feeling of unbelief that the water can hold you up! I said the feeling, because your intellect, being rational, can see that the water is no different for those who can float and swim than it is for you. After all it’s the same water which supports them.

So what’s the problem? The problem is being willing to let go, to trust yourself to that water.

Well I’ve been almost strangled by at least one person, a non-swimmer, screaming at me, ‘Don’t, let me go, now you promise’. The snag is they insist on holding on to me instead of letting me hold on to them. The whole thing is a vivid picture of the Bible word ‘faith’. It never works if you think you can hold on to God. You have to let go and let Him hold on to you. That is trusting God.

It never works if you trust your feelings – you simply have to listen to your reason. It works for everyone else who simply commits himself, I am no exception.

Faith in Christ is total trust in the fact that He won’t let you go. Nowhere does He promise that you will not get wet! One well-loved promise from the Old Testament is ‘When you pass through the waters I shall be with you and through the rivers they shall not overwhelm you’.

Now read: Matthew 14: 28-33Matthew 14: 28-33
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. boisterous: or, strong 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? 32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. 33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.  

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