Reading: “Oh! thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt.”—Matthew 14:31

How sweet is it to see Jesus in all things, and to be humbled in the recollection of His compassions to your instances of unbelief after the many, indeed, continued and daily experiences, which you have had of His love and faithfulness. What about today? Does Jesus speak to you in those words: “Oh thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”

Is there any thing in your life to justify or to apologize for doubting? Look back, behold God’s grace, and mercy, and love—a Saviour so rich, so compassionate in spiritual, temporal, and eternal blessing. Think of the blessed Spirit, so condescending to teach, to lead, and by His influences to be continually with you. Surely, with a life like this—like yours—crowded with mercies, blessings upon blessings, and one miracle of grace followed by another, “Wherefore didst thou doubt?”

Lord, help me to believe; “help thou mine unbelief.” Lord, help me to trust You when I cannot trace Your hand. Help me to hang on You when the ground of all sensible comforts seems sinking under my feet. I would cling to the faithfulness of God in Christ, and throw my poor arms around You, blessed Jesus, when all things appear the most dark and discouraging. And thus, day by day, living a life of faith and whole dependence on Your glorious person and work, I press after a more sensible communion with You. I would seek more strength and grace from You until at last, when You call me home from a life of faith to a life of sight, then will I say with my dying breath, Oh, present me, washed in Your blood, and clothed in Your righteousness, among the whole body of Your glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing. 

Taken from The Poor Man’s Evening and Morning Portions by Rev. Robert Hawker, Works, Vol. 8; 1830. Edited by Aaron Dunlop for thinkgospel.com ©2013.