Each week one of the options for the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Blog Hop is to unpack the weekly reflection verse. Although I have reflected on and unpacked several of these weekly verses, I have never shared what I learned. This week I felt God calling me to unpack the verse and share what I was learning.
Of course almost immediately a doubt came into my mind. I could hear that nagging voice saying, “You can not draw at all, so how are you going to unpack this verse? You see, I have seen several of my sisters’ artwork as they have unpacked the verses each week. While I am very creative with words my ability to draw is almost nonexistent.
Despite the nagging voice, I still felt like God was calling me to unpack this verse and share what I was learning. So being the technology girl I am, I decided to see if there was a way to create a nice graphic on my computer. The graphic at the top of this post is what I have come up with so far. I say so far because I don’t believe God is done teaching through this verse yet.
The verse for this week is in Luke chapter 24, verse 38. It says, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds”. When I first looked at this verse three words seemed to stand out. Those words are doubt, troubled, and rise. Then I wondered what do these words mean?
I found that:
- Doubt means uncertainty or distrust
- Troubled means agitated or disturbed
- Rise means to show up, come about, or increase in influence
I don’t know about you, but when I doubt I often feel extremely agitated. Often I become agitated with myself more than anyone else. As a woman who truly loves God, it hurts me to think I don’t truly trust God. If the word doubt means to distrust, then when I doubt God and His promises that is what I am doing, right?
Before you stop reading because the thought of distrusting God is hard and hurtful concept for you as well; stick with me for a second. As I was thinking about this verse the last several days, God reminded me of a story in the Bible that I love. What story is that? It is a story that most of you may know; it is the story of Peter walking on the water to Jesus.
In Matthew, It says that Peter asks to come to Jesus on the water. Jesus tells Peter, “Come”. Peter gets out the boat, walks on the water, until he takes eyes off of Jesus. Then Peter begins to sink. He cries out Jesus and Jesus does not hesitate to reach and saves Peter (Matthew 14:28-30, NIV).
I love what Jesus says next…for me it ties this week’s reflection verse and this story together perfectly. Jesus says, “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt” (Matthew 14:31). Why did doubts rise in Peter’s mind? The answer is right there in scripture. “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me” (Matthew 14:30, NIV)! I cannot tell you the number of times I have, like Peter, gotten distracted by my current circumstances and have begun to doubt God.
That is why I love Peter because he gives me hope. Peter actually walked and talked with Jesus. Yet he still had doubts. Then there is definitely hope for you and I.
I pray that Peter has brought encouragement to you today, like he did for me.