Devotional: The Highs and Lows of Faith

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As one of the twelve disciples, Peter had a front-row seat for Jesus’s three-year ministry on earth. Peter witnessed amazing miracles and even participated in some. His growth curve was steep, and in many cases, Peter’s personality was his biggest roadblock to his ability to understand what Jesus was teaching him.

Peter seems impulsive at times, but I can’t help but see him as authentic in his belief in Jesus. I think this is why I believe we can learn so much from Peter.

In Matthew 14, Peter spends the day with Jesus and the disciples. He listens to Jesus teach a crowd and then watches as he feeds all five thousand people with only two loaves of bread and five fish. Later that same evening, Peter is in a boat when a storm begins. Along with the other disciples, he becomes afraid when they see a man walking toward them on the water.

Matthew 14:26-30 says,

When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” (NIV)

What a day! Peter’s faith endures a rollercoaster of highs and lows in less than twenty-four hours. He isn’t shocked by Jesus’s ability to expand fish and loaves to feed the massive crowd, yet when Jesus calls out to the disciples in the boat, Peter responds, “If it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.” Does Peter want to walk on water? Is he wondering if Jesus’s presence on the water was a dream? Either way, a few minutes later, Peter begins to sink when he takes his eyes off Jesus. Read the rest of today’s devotional here.

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