Read:  Matthew 14:22-33

“…And when the disciples saw Him, (Jesus), walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.  But straightway Jesus spoke unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.   And Peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water.  And He said Come.  And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus…”

When we feel the stress of the storm…we learn the strength of the anchor! – Unknown


Peter was called many things in the Bible.

He was impulsive, impetuous, and emotional.  He was a traitor, when he denied Christ. He was quick to act; a “do it now…and think about it later”, sorta guy.  In today’s world, he would be labeled as having OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

One time, when Jesus was talking to the disciples regarding His coming death, Peter tried to comfort Him and tell Him it was not going to happen.  Jesus responded with the phrase, “get thee behind me Satan!”  WOW!  Those are some pretty strong words!

Peter was a quick thinker, assessing and judging in an instant, and acting upon his opinions and decisions almost immediately!  Let’s look back for a moment on a few situations regarding Peter.

1.  He was the first to assure Jesus of his devotion.  He said he would die for Jesus if need-be.  Yet, he denied Him three times, shortly thereafter.

2.  When the soldiers came to arrest Jesus in the Garden, Peter drew his sword, and cut off the high priests’ ear.  Jesus rebuked him, and restored the ear.

3.  Peter, as we see in the above passage, momentarily  walked on water trying to get to Jesus; but he took his eyes off of Jesus, and began to sink.

All this, yet Jesus said  in Matthew 16:18, “I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

I have often wondered why God would choose such a rash acting fellow to build His church on.  But now, I finally understand.  He knew that Peter would persevere…never give up…do it, or die trying, type of guy!  He wasn’t passive…he was passionate.  He wasn’t complacent…he was committed.  He put “feet to his prayers.”  He saw a need and acted upon it.  He wasn’t indecisive…he was determined.  To quote a famous comedian…he was a “Git ‘er done!” kinda guy!

God said in Revelation 3:15, “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot.  I wish you were cold or hot.  But because you are lukewarm, and neither cold or hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth!”  That passage tells us that indecision, complacency, and passivity make God sick!

On many occasions, Peter acted on his own without seeking God’s will first; but at least he stepped out and TRIED to do something!  God said we are to be NOT ONLY hearers of the Word, but doers as well.

Even folks that don’t know much about the Bible, have heard of Peter walking on the water.  Do you want to be like Peter and  leave a lasting testimony for God and His Kingdom?


By:  Anita Mondragon  July 2015