The Kingston Trio had a song on the charts back in the early 1960s titled, "Desert Pete."
The ballad is about a man, crawling through a desert, dehydrated, probably close to death. But he stumbles across an old abandoned well pump -- with a tin cup filled with water sitting beside it. There was a note beneath the cup, which said, "Take the water, prime the pump, and you'll have all the water you can drink."
What is your decision? You are dying for just a taste of water -- that small cup of water would certainly bring some relief. Do you drink it for immediate relief, or do you trust that the water will be enough to prime the old pump to draw water from the ground? Furthermore, is there any water in the ground?
The story continues that the man stepped out on faith -- he primed the pump, and soon, he heard a gurgling sound beneath the ground. When he pumped, water gushed out. He had enough to fill his canteen, drink his fill, splash his face and cool his feet.
The note went on to say, "When you have drunk your fill of water, leave the cup full for others; Thank you kindly -- Desert Pete."
Isn't that a great illustration of faith? God seems to delight in allowing us to an impossible situation in our lives, and there is nothing left but to step out on faith and trust Him.
What has been your impossible situation? Were you forced out of your job and livelihood, and you found that there was nothing you could do but trust in the living God to sustain you? Have you been faced with a situation where you had to take a stand for truth and morality, even though it would mean losing your friends and your livelihood? How did you feel as a small child when you were standing on the edge of the swimming pool, and your dad, standing in water, which was over your head, summoned you to jump into his arms? Where you afraid he'd drop you or did you trust him to safely catch you?
The disciples were faced with such a dilemma in Matthew 14. They were summoned by Jesus to get into a ship and travel to the other side of the sea where He was going up to a mountaintop to be alone with God. The ship came into turbulent weather, with the ship being tossed with the waves. But they saw a figure walking on the water (Jesus) telling them not to be afraid. Peter said, “Lord if that's you, have me to come to you walking on this water.” Jesus said, "come!"
Peter was walking on the water toward Jesus, doing just fine -- until he focused on the storm around him. That's when he sank into the water.
Jesus stretched his hand out and retrieved Peter from the water. He gently chided him saying, "O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?"
Why did Peter have that moment of doubt? Because at that moment, the turbulence looked insurmountable. But no turbulence -- or trials, or difficulties are insurmountable when one trusts Christ to either deliver us from them or to guide us safely through them.
The biblical definition of faith is found in Hebrews 11:1: ". .. .the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen."
Also, in that very same chapter of Hebrews, we are told that we can do nothing aside from faith, to please a Holy God. Hebrews 11:6.
God is completely trustworthy!
Paul Gauntt currently serves as the pastor of First Baptist Church of Palmer.