[Jesus] said to them, But who do you [yourselves] say that I am? Simon Peter replied, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. — Matthew 16:15-16 (AMPC)
Adapted from the resource Closer to God Each Day – by Joyce Meyer
When Peter said that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God, it was a statement of belief. In saying this, Peter was displaying and declaring his faith.
I don’t think Peter just casually or nonchalantly made that statement. I think he did it with a sureness and a certainty that impressed Jesus, because He immediately turned to Peter and told him that he was blessed. Then He went on to say that it was upon this rock-solid foundation of faith that He would build His church (see Matthew 16:15-19).
Jesus was basically saying to Peter, “If you maintain this faith, it will be a rocklike substance in your life upon which I will be able to build My kingdom in you, and through you. Your faith will be developed to the point that even the gates of hell will not be able to prevail against you.” What a promise!
There have been many times in my life when I’ve been discouraged, not known what to do, or felt that nothing was working and everyone was against me. In those times, the words I’ve heard over and over again are, “Only believe.”
Guess what? Jesus’ promise was not just for Peter—He’s saying the same thing to you and me. Only believe!
Prayer Starter: Father, I want to believe You above all else—please help me where I’m struggling with unbelief. Thank You so much for Your promise to always be with me and to strengthen me when I face the enemy! In Jesus’ Name, amen.