“Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?'” Matthew 14:29-31
“By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, ‘It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.’ Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.” Hebrews 11:17-19
So much of life boils down to whether or not we believe:
1) God is who he says he is.
2) God will do what he says he’ll do.
When we believe both, our response to challenges, unknowns, and opportunities is radically different than when we don’t. It’s really that simple and that difficult.
And so one of the most productive things we can do is learn more about who God is and what he does by reading his Word and spending time getting to know him.
There’s a big difference between believing something in our heads and believing something at our core. God wants us to be core believers, doing life out of the unshakeable conviction that he is who he says he is and he’ll do what he says he’ll do.