Peter

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Luke 5:1-11, Matthew 4:18-22, Matthew 14:22-32, Matthew 16:13-20, Luke 22:54-62, John 21:15-19

Do it scared. This is a popular phrase today, one that shows up in books, podcasts, and hashtags. When I read the story of Peter fighting his way through the wind and waves, I’m reminded of this phrase and how it characterizes Peter’s faith-inspired action. But was “doing it scared” enough to sustain him on the water?

In this story, the disciple second-guesses his decision to join Jesus after observing the strength of the winds (Matthew 14:30). What was I thinking? That’s what I imagine him asking himself. No doubt, those winds felt stronger out on the surface of the water than back in the security of the boat. Wild and tempestuous, the winds circle the disciple, and his own fragility overtakes him. “Lord, save me!” he cries, feet plunging below the surface of the sea (v.30).

Notice how it isn’t the lack of steady ground that Peter fears most. After all, he’s the one who asks Jesus to invite him onto the water, after seeing Jesus model the physics-defying act. Only after venturing out onto the water does Peter’s confidence begin to waver, as he notices just how powerful the wind’s ability to topple him actually is. Although Peter trusts the Lord enough to risk walking on water, that same trust doesn’t sustain him once the obstacles around him begin gaining power.

But it took a lot of faith for Peter to step out of the boat, right? When Jesus says, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” (v.31), we might think to ourselves, Goodness, that’s a lot more faith than I would have had. Can’t we give this guy a break? But Jesus’s words don’t appear to be accusatory. They are an expression of His care. After rescuing Peter by reaching out His hand, Jesus continues to invite the disciple into a life of deeper connection and trust as they journey together.

I’ll be the first to confess that I am forever taking my eyes off Jesus when I find myself in the midst of daunting situations. It’s easier to focus on the situation itself until it robs me of the very gifts meant to sustain me. You probably have your own courageous story of a time when you followed God, trust and confidence levels high, only to be met with fear and doubt further down the road.

Christ not only strengthens us to follow Him, but His strength can also keep us steadfast in the face of peril. We do have permission to cry out when we need help, though. Sometimes He intercedes immediately and calls the surrounding elements into submission—like the salty wind and cold and choppy waves. But sometimes He allows the environment to persist without plucking us from it because it has the ability to form us into His likeness.

No matter what is going on in your life, Christ knows when and how to save you. His rescue is not delayed. Like Peter, when we cry out, He will answer. Carry God’s strength with you today as you “do it scared,” and trust that He is enough to sustain you against the fury of a thousand winds.

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  1. Vanessa says:

    I’m a nurse during this pandemic, and this message was so timely. I’m feeling like I’m drowning right now with the 2nd wave coming and it has only just begun, I know I need to just allow God to sustain me through this season. Thank you for this reminder.

  2. Alicia McCann says:

    Form me into your likeness Lord. Help me to walk out and keep walking

  3. Kara Maddox says:

    Reading the story of Peter, made me think of the song “King of the World” by Natalie Grant. I have sung this song with vicious tears in my eyes just as Peter had wept after disowning the Lord. I relate to Peter on a very deep level. How could I forget that You’ve always been the King of the world?

  4. Anastasia McLeod says:

    Please pray for my friend. She just found out her father died. Their relationship wasn’t the best but seemed to be on the mend and she’s set to get married in October.

  5. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I pray that I would turn my eyes to Jesus, instead of looking at my problems. I pray th would also remember that there is forgiveness when I fall. God still has plans for me even in the midst of my mistakes.

  6. Kitty says:

    I love this story of Peter. A constant reminder of how much he loved the Lord, making bold statements as to who he truly believed Jesus Christ is. Yet, as he set out on the water to walk to Jesus, he became distracted. When Peter was being called out, 3 times he denied Him. I have visited my past and seen myself doing all of this, just so i could possibly save myself in the moment of each of my storms. Storms i created. How easily i became distracted, taking my eyes off my creator. I am so grateful for a Lord who is compassionate, who loves so deeply and forgives all sins. May i always seek Him first, every morning and be brave to do his will.

  7. Gina Snow says:

    I’m behind in this study, but I know it was God’s doing that I read this today. Thank you SRT for being the tool in God’s hands to minister to me and others who need reminders of God’s goodness.

  8. Emily Guerra says:

    I just love how John 21:15-19 was added to today’s study of Peter. This passage shows the reconciliation of Peter when it came to his relationship with Jesus. We saw Peter deny the Lord three times even though he expressed he would never do such a thing. And how heavily that weighed on his heart. And then we see, in this passage, the Lord ask Peter if he loved Him three times. While I think this may have hit a bit of a nerve with Peter, Jesus wasn’t doing this to condemn him, but to redeem him. Through this action we too can be redeemed from our sinful actions and have reconciliation with our Lord.

    1. Caitlin Ganjon says:

      Vs. 61 says that Jesus turned and looked at Peter after he denied him three times, can you imagine?! This tore me up inside and I think this is the first time I’ve noticed this verse. I didn’t piece together the restoration part until after I read your comment, thank you!

  9. Harley JustineNuñez says:

    As I was reading the Bible excerpts for this, before reading the commentary, I realized this and said this to my husband in text (he’s reading with me in the HeReadsTruth app):
    “I’m reading the story of Peter in our devotion right now. I just realized this. When Jesus walked on water to come to the boat Peter was on, Jesus called for Peter to walk on the water with him. Peter walked on the water until the wind frightened him and caused him to doubt. Jesus helped him up out of the water and asked him why did he have little faith when he was walking on water to Jesus. If we doubt, we sink. Our anxiety overcomes us and we drown. Think about it, it feels like we are drowning when we are filled with anxiety and doubt. It is only by faith that we can come to Jesus, that we may walk above our own fears to reach the destination, following God’s plan for our lives.”

    1. Freyjah Fey says:

      I just love what you wrote and the revelation God gave you to share with your husband. What an awesome word and I stand in agreement with it and thank God for the understanding He gave you. Amen, I needed to hear this and I receive it. Praise God.

  10. Laurel BaciulisBačiulytėSmith says:

    Many times, i have to live by faith with my kids because that’s all i have. Kids grow into teens & you need to trust you’ve taught them well about Jesus, that they will stick to their values by faith. Mine have, so far. Thank you, dear Jesus, for staying in their hearts & mine as they venture out in the world of teen hanging out in a world of scary stuff & COVID-19. And thank you, Jesus, for my trust in you & the ability to let go.

  11. Susan Crosby says:

    So many times I hear God whisper O Ye of Little Faith? I then hear what I know is true from His promises. Trust Me❤️

  12. Danielle McCutcheon says:

    Thank you for this devotion today!

  13. Dorothy says:

    Thanks for all the prayers. I finally have my internet up and running so I can get caught up with SRT and my email to family. My move went smoothly and without problems — for the first time. Only problem we had was the couch/sectional that was my niece’s is too big. Sunday I found something smaller and my son and nephew brought it over yesterday and put the other in storage until I can sell it. Oh well. Everyone have a blessed day and again thanks for all the prayers.

  14. Nads says:

    Praying for you Mari, genuinely!

    Please also pray for my aunt…she is elderly and quite unwell and has lived a life full of heartbreak…It might be God’s mercy to take her soon but, I truly feel the family is NOT ready for it, ESPECIALLY the daughter who has ached to fly out to her since before the pandemic!!

  15. Pam Williams says:

    I love to read the scripture passages aloud, with Emotion. They seem to go to the core of my being. Reading Luke 22:60-62, Brought tears to my eyes, as I could feel Peter sorrow over his sin.” Peter replied, man, I don’t know what you’re talking about! Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to Him: Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me 3 times. And he went outside and wept bitterly.” When we love our Lord, we often weep bitterly over our disobedience. Every day our sin should bring us to the foot of the cross. We are reminded daily of why we need a savior. But then Jesus reaches down and lifts us up out of our despair To go and live our lives and Faith Each day

  16. Makenzie Benish says:

    I’m trying to answer gods calling in my life and it’s something that’s not easy for me and I think I’ve been putting it off for years now. However, reading this today felt like god was telling me that he’s HERE, ready to meet me each moment and provide what I need to do what he’s asking me. I pray that I will rely on gods strength today as I “do it scared” and trust that He is enough to sustain me against anything!

  17. Deborah Newnum says:

    Gotta love Peter! ♥️

  18. Nadine Hall says:

    I love Peter. He’s quite the hot mess, but then aren’t we all. My favorite Peter quote wasn’t included in the reading. John 6:66-69 “From that moment many of his disciples turned back and no longer accompanied him. So Jesus said to the Twelve, “You don’t want to go away too, do you?” Simon Peter answered, “Lord, to whom will we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”” I just love that exchange. Those words are so honest and true, and something I just want plastered on my wall: “You have the words of eternal life.” It’s why I follow him; it’s why I’ve left the world behind and pursued life in ministry; it’s why I “keep opening [my] Bible” every day. I need those words of life, and Scripture is where I find them.

    1. Kathy Mullis says:

      I love Peter too, and that is also my favorite Peter quote. It gives me hope and encouragement.

  19. Lindsay C. says:

    Do it scared. I needed to read that. We are calling our realtor today to prepare for our house to go on the market next month. Something we have felt led to do for over a year but couldn’t make ourselves do it without alternate living arrangements or some kind of plan for the future. We still have neither of those things yet here we go, stepping out in faith. Doing it scared. Trusting in Him.

  20. Heather Haines says:

    Amen! ❤❤❤

  21. Buffy Rennie says:

    Peter was given the ability to fish. God used his interest and ability to become a fisher of men. Peter had the boldness to step out into the water. God use that boldness to speak truth to so many thousands of people.
    Peter also had the boldness deny Christ. God use Peters humanness of denying Christ for those of us who need the example to see the truth and who we are and how much we truly need Him.
    We are created in His image, with our own unique abilities, interest and values. Our own DNA created by Him, for his use within the kingdom. Let the example of Peter be the fire that drives us forward, using our selves for His kingdom.

  22. Lydia MacBride says:

    After reading this time, I am reminded of Matthew 17:20 “He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Our faith is from God. He grows it. He can take a little and turn it into a lot. Trust him and take courage. He’s got this.

  23. Mari V says:

    Many years ago at a Bible study this is how I heard it “do it afraid“. It’s been very helpful during hard times and the unknown. Especially these past three years. I know one thing for sure God is yet to let me down. As I mentioned last week my son and I were in a car accident. Totaled the car. Not our fault. Received some unpleasant news from the insurance company. But I will trust my God. Received some unpleasant news from the courthouse. But I will trust my God. With Jesus by my side I will not sink. Prayers are appreciated. I need this court thing resolved and a new car. My God is faithful I trust him.

  24. Catherine G says:

    Amen!!

  25. Taylor says:

    I love that this study is drawing similarities between these people’s lives and our own lives as Christians – that these people are not just characters in a book but REAL human beings. I appreciate the devotion and many of your comments for helping me to see myself in Peter. Thank you <3

  26. Maura says:

    I love Peter’s story of faith, and repentance. The stepping out of the boat, and then the realization that Jesus still had to save him from that which distracted him. Aware of the wind and yet He still knew that the One who called him out of the boat would keep him safe. And yet again, after seeing and stating who Jesus is, walking on water, Peter still in fear for his own life denies Jesus three times. This illuminates that though we are saved, we still fall sometimes, but the Lord does not forsake us, even tho at times we forsake Him, in thoughts, actions and words. And Grace like a flood flows to us and again we are saved from that, even ourselves which would separate us from the love of our faithful God. Praise the Lord for His incredible love. Thank you againSisters for your prayers my trip with my daughter and beautiful grands was wonderful and so good for all our souls. Please pray for God’s wisdom for my daughter, and for God’s provision as her job that has blessed her in many ways has some micromanaging going on that could be it’s downfall. Praying this can change. God is good in it all. So thankful for our Grace.

  27. Angie says:

    There is a difference between Peter and me, Peter and you…his life, the ups and downs, the triumphs and tragedies are recorded in the Bible for all to see. Yet, while our lives are not written about in the Bible, we live for the same purpose as Peter, to glorify God. Pen and ink may not record our triumphs or tragedies, but along the way…day by day, the goodness of our faithful God is evident. When we hear His calling, may we obey. May we be willing to walk away from all this world offers and follow Jesus. Immediately. When we make mistakes, may we with repentant hearts seek forgiveness. And, if asked about Jesus…may our love for Him be unquestionable, whether hand written, typed, or spoken…always lived out. May God be glorified today and every day. Amen.

    1. Jessie Pipp says:

      Love this Angie. Thank you for sharing!

  28. Emily Lindbloom says:

    “Faint heart, faint heart, look to me!” -Jesus

    1. Linda G says:

      Anen

  29. MARTHA HIX says:

    ❤️

  30. Sandy Moore says:

    The word immediately kept jumping out at me. I’m so glad that Jesus continues to reach out to me as soon as I call, even when I repeatedly lose faith in him!

  31. Erricka Hager says:

    Amen! #doitscared is just an amazing message and motto to remind us to trust in God when things get tough.

  32. Keelie Ann says:

    I love the analogy of “taking your eyes off Jesus”. I imagine when Peter first stepped off the boat into the raging seas that his head was high with confidence, looking ahead towards Jesus. I imagine when he looked down at the waves beneath him that that is when he starts to doubt and his fear sets in.

    I pray I can keep my eyes fixed on the Lord!!!

  33. Whitney WulfSeemann says:

    He will save us- all in his time. No matter what is going on he is there for us to come too.

  34. Lizzie says:

    “Christ knows when and how to save you. His rescue is not delayed. Like Peter, when we cry out, He will answer. Carry God’s strength with you today” -Bailey Gillespie
    Lord, thank you for your forgiveness, (1 John 2:1-2) and your steadfast love that knows no bounds, (Romans 5:8). You tell me to take courage, (Luke 16:16, Matthew 14:27,31) fear not, (Luke 5:1-11) and have faith. Because I am not strong, but you are stronger than everything. I am not able to walk purely, but you make me blameless. I am not worthy, but because of Jesus, you make me a child of your own! Lord, I don’t deserve it, such beautiful mercy, and unfathomable grace, I love it. You are my all in all. Lord take it all away. I am yours.

  35. Ann Johnson says:

    #doitscared
    What a good word for such a time as this. God is in the scared, awkward and hard times. Christ knows when and how to save me. Thank you, Jesus!

  36. Angela Sutherland says:

    I love how Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved him. It kind of washed out each denial Peter made upon Jesus’ arrest and laid out a way for him to live out that love. Just as Jesus asks us to live out our love for Him by loving His people. We make mistakes, we fix our eyes on the circumstances around us instead of on Him and begin to sink, but Jesus is there when we call out to Him, just like Peter did. It’s easy to look at the life and person of Peter and make judgments, but on closer inspection I see so much of myself in him. This study is a great way of taking these people from just being Bible story characters to being real flesh and blood people with unique personalities that all help point to who Jesus is. Thank you, SRT!!

  37. Kristine Loughman says:

    Peter was so refreshingly human! He’s the bedrock of the Church, star of many a Bible story, yes. But also just the regular old human who tried and failed, bit off more than he could chew, had to learn the same lesson over and over again. And I bet he sat there beating himself up over it. “Aw man, I screwed up again! Come on Peter! Be better! [facepalm]” I think the stories remember his humaness because Peter is us. We hop out of the boat and start to sink, we have the best intentions but deny and run when things get dicey. And yet Jesus never have to on Peter, and he will never give up on us.

  38. Crystal Denman says:

    Amen – what a word for today. “Come” that’s what stuck out to me this morning…We are called out of safety to walk on stormy seas for his glory. No matter what the storm…he calls us out- knowing already our weaknesses and doubts. Ready to step in the minute we acknowledge we can’t do this alone. Let’s go walk on some water today – in the power of Jesus.

  39. Faith Woodard says:

    Lord, may I be brave enough to continue to follow you, each step of each day. Thank you that I can trust you to continue to gently call me to follow you. Thank you for never rejecting me.

    1. Jennifer Martin says:

      Amen!

  40. Churchmouse says:

    Peter was a fisherman called to be a shepherd. Our initial career is actually secondary to what God would have as our primary one: to share the Gospel and make disciples. Pondering how I’m doing with that today…

    1. Chelsea Snell says:

      I wouldn’t doubt you’re as influential to those you come in contact with each day as you are on here. I read your comments daily and they always, always move me.

    2. Leslie Warnick says:

      I seek out your responses as well. Thank you for sharing your heart with us. I find much encouragement in this group, I appreciate others reaching out when we don’t grasp a passage of scripture by sharing insights and resources to help us on our walk. This group is truly rich with Gods Love and Wisdom. ❤️❤️

  41. Christine Smith says:

    I’ve read this story/text a thousand times. Peter denying Jesus three times and the rooster crowing. I always read it and kind of went..jeez Peter. I had a judge mental attitude towards it. Today, I read it with new eyes. It truly showed that Peter was human. He said he would never deny Jesus, but put in the situation, his fleshly desire for self preservation won over. Oh how many times I’ve said I would do this or that if in a situation;however, just like Peter, we don’t know how we are going to truly react until in the situation. Sometimes we don’t like the outcome. It reminds me that I am human and can do nothing apart from Christ. He is my rock and my redeemer. The Shepard that leads me down the right path. May I always listen to His guiding voice.

  42. mrm217 says:

    Peter’s story is such a sweet reminder of the unconditional love of Christ. Even when our faith ebbs and flows throughout the seasons of life on Earth, Jesus loves us and knows our love for Him even when our sinfulness may show otherwise.

    1. Julie Ganucheau says:

      ❤️

  43. Anna says:

    “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand, caught hold of him (…)

    My eyes really lingered over those words for a while. So grateful for a God whom we can cry out to and that we can always trust Him to reach out His hand to us.
    If it weren’t for Him…

  44. Audrey Flores says:

    So so good. Needed to hear this exact message. I love the story of Peter. I was always frustrated by Peter when I first came to believe in Jesus as my Lord and Savior. But I’m starting to see it’s because we are so similar. I pray that even if I make mistakes and stubbornly try to do it my way first that my faith in God will prevail. I pray for strong trust even when as storm throws me about.

  45. Kellie Galentine says:

    Exactly what my heart needed tonight! Jesus help me! Our humanness requires constant saving from our gracious Lord, and renewal of faith. Thank God for His kindness and ever-present help in our time of need.

  46. Kristen says:

    This is being human and something so many can relate to: Although Peter trusts the Lord enough to risk walking on water, that same trust doesn’t sustain him once the obstacles around him begin gaining power.
    My I/we remember: Christ not only strengthens us to follow Him, but His strength can also keep us steadfast in the face of peril. We do have permission to cry out when we need help, though. Sometimes He intercedes immediately and calls the surrounding elements into submission—like the salty wind and cold and choppy waves. But sometimes He allows the environment to persist without plucking us from it because it has the ability to form us into His likeness.
    When I read that above, I was thinking how I like the first option better. Then, I thought that the second option could keep us seeking and relying on Him. Just like when a parent always helps get a child out of something or comes in and makes it easy, sometimes that child doesn’t realize what they were rescued from, or learn a lesson, or learn responsibility, and may not truly be grateful. However, if we are left in there, It could be like being refined in fire. The end result is amazing. She said that leaving us in there has the ability to form us into His likeness. I definitely need to be more like Him!! God knows which option would be best for us in each option. Thank you for the reminder that we can call on Him and He can sustain us. This can be connected to the verse of the day on the Bible app. There is a teaching to go with it. You can check it out if you have the app. Here is the verse: The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

  47. Jasmine Ester says:

    Thank you, Bailey and She Reads Truth team ❤️

    I loved reading how Jesus restores Peter from his denial by encouraging him to repeatedly declare his love for his Saviour in John 21.

    Jesus, may we declare our love for You today and be restored by You. Amen.