Posted by: Hugh Griffiths | June 8, 2006


Last night with our LifeGroup we had a great evening together looking at the account of Peter walking on the water in Matthew 14. It was great to read about Peter's courage to respond to God's call and step out of the fishing boat in order to meet Jesus.

Although he was rebuked for 'little faith', nevertheless he did exercise faith – which was more than any of the other disciples did. While Peter (as ever!) enthusiastically responded to Jesus, they simply sat there and were content to watch someone else try water-walking.

Full credit to Peter for his devotion to Jesus and confidence in his word!

It's not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena … who, at best, knows in the end the triumph of great achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. So that his place will never be with those cold timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt



  1. Yes, Peter moved in faith and although he failed in this instance he ultimately succeeded in moving in great faith at Pentecost and throughout the ministry of the early Church. It’s better to try and fail, than to fail to try at all – However, with Christ we can move in faith and know great success as we put our confidence in his amazing and powerful word. – Great Post Hugh! – We are partakers not spectators of God’s divine nature and purpose in this world

  2. Yeah, awesome post, Hugh!! Peter chose to move out in faith. He didn’t let fear rule his heart, as perhaps the others did. I am having this thought, too…I wonder,…thinking about Lord Jesus’ words to Peter afterward…He didn’t even address the others. =-) And I don’t imagine Lord Jesus speaking to Peter in an upbraiding way. I think that, maybe, Lord Jesus said the thing that He said with a hint of a smile…or maybe even an obvious smile! I think that it was an awesome teachable moment for Peter…And you don’t learn if you don’t try. Practicing our faith is all about learning;…and maybe we even miss a step every now and again, just in the process…But then, we let Him teach us until we get it down just right.

    Great post, Hugh!! =-)

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