“Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water,” said Peter (Matt. 14:28). Jesus beckons Peter to join Him on the water, and for one wild moment he does. But as Peter looks around, fear of his circumstances overtakes his faith, and he begins to sink. Jesus pulls him from the raging sea, and asks, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” (v. 31).
Each day, Jesus invites us to join Him on the waters of faith. But too often we allow our doubts, fears, and anxieties to turn our eyes away from Him and onto ourselves. What will I do? What will they think of me? I feel so… I don’t know what to do… Ah!
As these anxious thoughts multiply, we have a choice: to frantically search for answers in our environment, with our friends and family, and in ourselves; or to do as Jesus taught the disciples—to seek God and His kingdom first (Matt. 6:33). Instead of thoughts that distract us from the One Who actually has the answers, we fill our mind with faith-building questions like, What does God want me to do today? What does He want from me? What decisions does He want me to make?
The waves of “what ifs” and worst case scenarios subside in the wake of God’s sovereignty, guidance, and love. That’s why we’ve compiled this booklet full of Dr. Stanley’s teachings on overcoming anxious thoughts. We hope the Lord uses this booklet to help you overcome seasons of fear and anxiety in your life—and teaches you to walk on the waters of faith with your Savior.