Peter is my favorite disciple. He has so much personality, so much character. Even though he had a touch of wimpiness, he was a part of Jesus’ inner circle. One of my favorite Peter stories is when he screws up his big opportunity to walk on water. The story takes place in Matthew 14:22 – 31, Jesus had just finished feeding a crowd of 5000….
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
So here’s big, bad Peter…jumping to the front of the line challenging this being (who in his mind may or may not have been Jesus) to let him walk on water. It happens then he gets scared. Peter was excited about doing the impossible and as long as he didn’t think about it too hard (notice in verse 28, his reply was immediate) he made it happen. But he let fear get the best of him because he took his eyes off Jesus and focused on the chaos around him (see verse 30).
And that is how many of us are. We get a great idea or we see a problem we want to fix and we are ready to jump in and make it happen. Then fears and worry start creeping up on us….we get discouraged….and we quit. But we weren’t designed to be quitters. There is no way God would put a good idea inside of you and not give you the means to make it happen. Your job is to keep going. Yes seeks wise counsel, look for confirmations, and plan accordingly….but in the end you must do and not give up.
So if there is something burning on your heart, but you don’t think you can make it happen, Jesus wants to know “Why do you doubt?”