Matthew 14:30 (First Response)

First Response

But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. (Matthew 14:30)

Read: Genesis 44:1-45:28, Matthew 14:13-36, Psalm 18:37-50, Proverbs 4:11-13

Relate: Sometimes I think Peter gets a bad rep undeservedly. Of course there’s other times where he certainly deserves it, but sometimes when I hear various preachers or authors talk about him, I think, “C’mon man.” There’s a dozen men in the boat. Only Peter got out. It’s 3AM in the morning. They’re tired and scared and fighting heavy waves when a ghost starts walking on the water. Peter gets out of the boat. Nobody else. I wouldn’t. You wouldn’t.

Not only that, but as soon as Peter started to sink he called out to Jesus. He didn’t try swimming. He didn’t reach for the boat. He called for Jesus. When I mess up I try to fix it myself. If I feel like I’m sinking I make a plan. It’s usually only when my plan, and my backup plan, and my alternate backup plan have all failed, and I’m drinking in water, I don’t know which way is up, seaweed is inside my clothes and sharks are sniffing at my feet that I start calling on Jesus. Peter isn’t that stupid.

React: Peter’s first response is always to go to Jesus. When they see a ghost walking towards them and that ghost says He’s Jesus the rest were probably doubting. “If you’re really Jesus  what did you feed the crowd with? If you’re really Jesus what parable did you use in your last sermon?” Maybe they were halfway willing to follow. “If you’re really Jesus, part the clouds and I’ll come to you. If that’s you, calm the waters and I’ll step out.” Peter didn’t need any of that, he stepped right out. His first and one response was to follow.

Then he shows a moment of humanity. Reason started to interfere with his faith and for an instant he started to sink. Immediately he turned back to Jesus. In the safety of the boat, he followed Jesus. During the chaos of the storm he turned to Jesus. Wow. I wish I was a man of such little faith.


God, help me to follow You first and always. When things are going good let me first desire be to get closer to You. In the storms let my first response be to call out to You. Help me to have a heart and a mind and eyes only for You.

12 thoughts on “Matthew 14:30 (First Response)

  1. It’s just so hard for us to really think deep and hard that events that actually happen, as you said what would we have done, what would we do on a cold 3am morning out on a lake? First off that’s way to scary for me, just talking facts! Serious, I don’t do water were I can’t see below me!

    Most of us wish we could have the faith peter had.

  2. Awesome post! I’ve heard this story taught in many different ways and this is pretty much the first time i heard it this way. I love it

    Oh Jesus, Help me to make you my first resort and not the second or last!

  3. Nice perspective about Peter…here is another awesome passage:

    “When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

    Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

    Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

    The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”

    John 21:15

  4. We are all called to get out of the boat. Safety, and security are two things that will never allow us to be drawn into intimacy. Faith is spelled RISK.

    I finally got out of the boat. It ruined my life. I have no retirement plan, no pension, no savings. I get to trust Jesus to put food on the table for my children.
    The reward is I get to watch Jesus work in the lives of others every day. I am hearing his voice a little bit more, my faith and trust is growing, and life is not at all boring.

    I want to taste life to the full. I agree with you, Peter calls out to Jesus when he starts to be afraid and sink. Such a beautiful example. I love Peter. He was such a bone head, but he never quit, and Jesus never gave up on him. Gives me, oh so much hope, for me.

  5. Great Post! I love that when Peter called out for help, Jesus immediately saved him! This is a written with the unique perspective of how that should be the first response when we’re ‘sinking’. Thanks for the post!

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