A Sinkhole Faith

Matthew 14:28-31 says, “28And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”

Back in August 2013, a sinkhole in Orlando, Florida had caused a resort near Disney World to collapse. According to CNN news, the sinkhole was about sixty feet wide. Most sinkholes start when bedrock dissolves but the surface of the ground stays intact. The void eventually collapses (link).

Spiritually, I believe a great number of people have a “sinkhole faith”. On the surface, everything appears to be structurally solid and good. They look as though they possess an indestructible faith in God. However, they build on the wrong foundation, having a form of godliness but denying the power therefore. They have not built on the bedrock of Jesus Christ and His Word! When you try to construct your faith upon man’s religious ideas and fanaticism, it will come to no avail. If you build over a sinkhole rather than upon the Rock of Jesus Christ, it will bring destruction upon everything that you have ever tried to build in this life!

A good example to use of a sinkhole faith is in the text here with Peter. On the surface, he appeared to have a strong faith in God by demonstrating his willingness to step out of the boat and walk on the water to Jesus Christ. However, as he got closer, the storms got harder, and his focus shifted from Jesus Christ to the storm because he was able to walk through things that most normal people in his shoes would have sunk in as long as his faith and eyes were centered upon Jesus. When the fear of the storm grew stronger than his faith in Christ, his faith had become a sinkhole. But as he was falling, he looked unto Jesus, the author and finisher of his faith, and he cried out to Him to save him. Jesus reached down and saved him from drowning, questioning why he ever doubted because Jesus was there with Peter during this whole time.

Do not let your faith become a sinkhole. As long as your eyes remain upon Jesus Christ, you will overcome every storm that comes your way. Let your faith always be built on the solid Rock of Jesus Christ!