(May 19, 2015)
Ideally, in our interactions with Deity, we act with faith. But when our faith is weak and we are consumed with doubt, we can still maintain our actions in spite of our doubts. Here, Peter clearly was doubtful in his heart when he spoke of how he had labored through the night and taken nothing. But while his heart was doubtful his actions were believing. At His word, Peter let down the nets.
We cannot, unfortunately, drive doubt out of our own hearts. Faith is a gift from the Lord – one we must welcome, but which ultimately must be given to us rather than taken by us. But while we cannot drive doubt from our hearts, we can drive doubt from our actions. And, in my experience, as I have acted in faith I have had faith given to me.