The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-24

Today, we learned about Peter in Bible Study, reading from Matthew 14:22-33 and 26:69-75. The first passage described Peter walking on water as he kept his eyes on Jesus. The second passage outlined Peter denying Jesus three times as Jesus was being arrested.  

As Jesus began to walk towards the boat full of scared disciples, a storm raged around them. Peter hopped out of the boat, eyes focused on Jesus. However, as soon as his focus moved to the storm around him, he began to sink. When we take our focus off of the Lord and onto the world around us, we begin to sink, just like Peter. Instead, we should focus on Jesus’ words and teaching by reading Scripture and spending time in prayer each day.

Before Jesus was arrested, he foretold that Peter would deny him three times. Then, as Peter was in the courtyard when Jesus was before the Roman council, he was asked three times by members of the crowd if he knew Jesus. Three times, Peter denied their association. We reflected on how we are oftentimes afraid of what others may think of us. Rather than acting upon others’ words and opinions, we learned that we should remain faithful to God and follow him.