Matthew 14:31 Why Doubt?

Peter On The Water

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:31

Jesus had sent the disciples by boat across the lake. While they were crossing the lake, they saw what appeared to be Jesus. This scared them, but Jesus told them to relax and not be afraid, that it was Him. Peter then asks Jesus to tell him to walk on the water if it really was Him. Peter then starts walking on the water towards Jesus.

As he was going, suddenly he became afraid and began to sink. Jesus grabs His hand and lifts him up. Then Jesus asks why he had any doubt.

Most people like to doubt. They are very quick to look at the negative side of things and forget the positive side. This often occurs because they are very forgetful. People are quick to forget about the good things that have occurred in the past and just focus on the negative that is happening in the present.

Believers in the church are often guilty of this same problem. When things are going well and there are no problems, it is easy to have faith, or at least claim to have faith. When something difficult arises, the first thing most people do is cry out in fear, sometimes to God, other times to other people.

Crying out in fear is doubting God. It is doubting that God is with you. It is doubting that God is in control. It is doubting that God will take care of you. It is doubting that God has the best for you in mind.

Jesus told Peter to walk on the water. He did not tell him that in order to have him drown. He wanted Peter to come to Him and build his faith up.

God may have told you to walk on some water, not literal water, but some difficult situation that the only way you can get through is by the work of God. He is asking you to step out into a situation that He can show Himself in.

God is going to be with you, just as Jesus was with Peter. When it is time, He will reach out and take your hand to keep you going and safe in His hands.

Do not let fear take hold of you. Do not doubt, but trust in God.

I pray today that you will hear God’s guidance for your life; that you will step out in faith following Jesus; that God will help you to remove all fear; and that you will trust God in every situation first.

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John 18:27 Denying Jesus

“Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.” John 18:27

The night Jesus was to be arrested and crucified, He had told Peter that he would deny Him three times before the rooster crowed. Peter did not accept that statement. After Jesus was arrested, there were three different people who came up to Peter stating that he was a follower of Jesus. All three times Peter denied it. This happened before the rooster crowed.

Many people want to state this downfall of Peter. They want to say that they will never be like that and would never deny Jesus.

Although many believers in the church would not directly state that they do not know Jesus, there are other ways that they may deny Him.

Probably the most common way is choosing to sin over fleeing the temptation to sin. People like to excuse their reasons why they sinned, instead of stating that they messed up. Often the sin was a purposeful chosen sinful act, rather than an accident in the spur of the moment. For a person to sin, he must choose to deny the power of Jesus and what Jesus has done in his life.

Another common way to deny Jesus, is choosing to not talk about Him to people who may or may not know Jesus. When you chose to believe in Jesus, you also chose to take on the work He is doing. His work is to bring everyone to salvation. Your job is to be that witness in this world.

Every time you choose not to tell someone about Jesus, you are denying Him. You are telling the world that you do not know Him, when in fact you do.

Are you ashamed of Jesus? Are you afraid of what others might do if you did talk about Jesus?

Jesus was not ashamed of you when you came to Him. He is not ashamed of you now. He wants you to be with Him. He wants to make you like Him. Be bold and do not be afraid to claim to know Jesus. Proclaim Jesus in all of your words and actions.

I pray today that Jesus will be more real to you; that you will not deny Jesus in your words or actions; that you will not fear knowing Jesus publicly; and that God will use you to draw more people to Jesus.

Matthew 26:74 Denying Jesus

“Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, I don’t know the man! Immediately the rooster crowed.” Matthew 26:74

Jesus had just been arrested and taken into custody. The leaders were in the process of trying Him in the court. Many people were around watching what was going on.

Most of the disciples had scattered and went into hiding. Peter gets up close and watches. As he is watching people notice him and know he was with Jesus and confront him about it. Peter denies ever knowing Jesus.

It is easy for a person to look back at Peter and get upset with him. After all he had seen and been through with Jesus, how could he ever deny knowing Jesus? He even got to walk on water with Jesus. Who gets to do that one?

Even in spite of all he had seen and done, he does deny Jesus. Jesus had even stated that Peter would do this before the rooster crowed three times.

Before you point an accusing finger at Peter, take a look at your own life. Yes, before you knew Jesus, you did deny knowing Him, but what about after you had come to know Jesus?

Many Christians will not directly, openly deny Jesus like Peter did with actual denial words, but they still will deny Him in other ways.

When you meet someone, do you make sure you take a moment to share Jesus with him/her? Or do you deny Jesus and remain silent?

When you see someone in need, do you try to help out in any way you can? Or do you deny Jesus and look the other way and let someone else do it?

When you are alone and an opportunity to do a sinful act, do you flee from it and run to Jesus? Or do you deny Jesus and do it anyway?

Each of these ways and many more are quiet ways that you can deny Jesus.

Look at what Jesus did for you: dying a crucified death publicly on the cross. Do you have the right to deny Him publicly now? Do you feel you should deny knowing Him in others?

Do not deny Jesus as Peter did. Live your life as a witness of who Jesus is. Do not let fear get the best of you, trust God.

I pray today that you will promise not to deny Jesus anymore; that you will seek ways to be His witness; that you will talk about Jesus all the time; that God will strengthen you by His Holy Spirit; and that God will build His kingdom through you.

Matthew 16:23 Concerns of God

“Jesus turned and said to Peter, Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Matthew 16:23

Jesus had just told the disciples about how He was going taken by the chief priests, abused, killed, and raised to life. Peter hears this and pulls Him aside stating that he would never allow that to happen. Jesus then rebukes Peter very sharply.

The rebuke links Peter with Satan. Peter was not following the will of God. If a person does not follow the will of God, he has to be following the will of Satan.

Notice that Peter did not listen to everything Jesus had just told them. Jesus stated He would be raised to life again. All Peter caught was the suffering and death.

In life, even today, you must hear all of what God is saying to you. Do not take just a part of it, you may miss out on the best part.

As Jesus rebukes Peter, He states that he is a stumbling block because he is not concerned what God is concerned with. Peter is looking at only the short-term consequences, not the long, eternal consequences of what is going to happen.

Looking from a human perspective, Peter was thinking correctly. How crazy is it for a person to purposefully go to what will be guaranteed death? Why would anyone want to do that? Why would God ever want someone to do that?

God may never ask you to go forward to what is going to bring about your death, but He may ask you to do some other crazy thing. Every day you are called by God to trust Him in and for everything.

He may lead you to be a witness to someone who hates Christians and has been known to bring about harm. You may be asked to step out in faith in giving more than ever before.

God is concerned about here and now, but He is also concerned about eternity of the soul. Everything God does and has you do is with the purpose to build you more like Jesus and save your soul and to save everyone else.

Where are your concerns today? Are you concerned with what God is concerned about? Or are you just concerned about yourself and today? Focus on God and trust Him.

I pray today that God will reveal His concerns to you; that you will trust God in following Him; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to lead and guide you; that you will not be a stumbling block for God; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Matthew 14:31 Why Doubt

“Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. You of little faith, he said, why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:31

This passage is the famous passage about Jesus and Peter walking on the water. Peter was in a boat and saw someone walking on the water that they thought was a ghost. Jesus said not to be afraid and that it was just Himself. Peter states that if it is really Jesus, he wanted Jesus to call him to walk on the water to him. Jesus calls him, and immediately, Peter gets out and starts walking on the water.

As he was walking, Peter sees the waves and gets scared and starts to sink. This is where this verse picks up.

Think about this for a moment. Peter has no fear of getting out of the boat and then is actually walking on water, which is impossible to do for man.

It is only when he sees the waves that he starts to doubt. Up to that point he had faith in Jesus that he could walk on the water. Jesus cannot understand why he started to doubt. Everything was going perfect, why start doubting?

Now think about your own life. You are following Jesus. Everything is going perfect. God is providing for all of your needs. It is easy to believe.

Now, all of a sudden, you see the waves of life starting to rise up: sickness, bills, pain, suffering, death and more. You begin to doubt that Jesus is really in control. You take your eyes off of Jesus and place them on those large waves in life.

At that point you start to doubt and begin to sink. Jesus will ask that same question: why do you doubt?

If Jesus is taking care of you during the good times, don’t you think He will take care of you during the rough times? God does not love you any less during the rough times in life. His love remains the same.

God will care for you through everything in life. Keep your eyes on Jesus at all times in all situations. Trust God through everything. Do not doubt.

I pray today that God will reveal His love to you; that God will reveal how He will care for you; that you will trust God in every situation; that you will not have any doubt in God at all; and that God will reveal His presence with you more and more.