November 7: Peter’s Hope

Read Matthew 14:22-36

Have you ever thought about how someone could walk on water? In the original languages of the Bible, the word walk is translated in different ways. In the New Testament it is mostly refers to the whole manner of one’s life or to the observance of laws or customs. It makes sense, then, to say your walk means how you live your life.

As you walk through life, keep your eyes on Jesus.

There are two lifestyles. Don’t walk in darkness — a lifestyle of wickedness and error. Instead, walk in the light of God Himself — a lifestyle full of of what is good, true and holy. We can shine like the stars in the heavens.

“Jesus said to Peter, come ahead. Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, ‘Master, save me’” (Matthew 14: 29-30 MSG)!

So Peter had the hope of being like Jesus. He actually walked on the water. Then he took his eyes off of Jesus. And sunk. 

Peter is a good example of someone who had a lifestyle of hope.  

For example, on Resurrection morning, he and John ran to Jesus’ tomb after they heard Mary’s report of the moved stone. His hope made him run. Later on that day, Peter laid eyes on the Risen Lord Himself.

Arguably the most prominent of the twelve disciples, Peter was an outstanding leader in the early days of the Christian church. Throughout his life, Peter had the hope of wanting to live like Jesus, and it showed in the way he lived. He wanted to be noble, pure and exemplary.

In the middle of the sea in the middle of a big wind, Peter wanted to go further and be like Jesus, so he stepped out on the sea. Peter kept his eyes on Jesus. If he could keep his eyes on Jesus he could walk on water.

This is real hope. Keep your eyes, mind and life centered on Jesus. Walk in fellowship with God. Let your prayers and worship of God be filled with humility. Take time for people. Look for opportunities to serve.  

This is the lifestyle, the walk, with Jesus that offers real hope. Your life, words, thoughts and actions. Focus on Jesus and how He lived, spoke, thought and acted. Then humbly trust Him to lead your life and you will find real hope.

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