22 “Immediately Jesus told his followers to get into the boat and go ahead of him across the lake. He stayed there to send the people home.23 After he had sent them away, he went by himself up into the hills to pray. It was late, and Jesus was there alone.24 By this time, the boat was already far away from land. It was being hit by waves, because the wind was blowing against it. 25 Between three and six o’clock in the morning, Jesus came to them, walking on the water.26 When his followers saw him walking on the water, they were afraid. They said, “It’s a ghost!” and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus quickly spoke to them, “Have courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.”28 Peter said, “Lord, if it is really you, then command me to come to you on the water.” 29 Jesus said, “Come.” And Peter left the boat and walked on the water to Jesus. 30 But when Peter saw the wind and the waves, he became afraid and began to sink. He shouted, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught Peter. Jesus said, “Your faith is small. Why did you doubt?” 32 After they got into the boat, the wind became calm.33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped Jesus and said, “Truly you are the Son of God!”
Matthew 14:22-33, New Century Version
When I am in the storm, when the waves are breaking into my boat, my faith is shaky, and I feel abandoned, I turn to Matthew 14.
Jesus sees his disciples in mortal danger. The overloaded boat has been caught in a ferocious storm. It is 3 a.m., and the darkness just makes their situation that more desperate. The idea of imminent drowning has passed through their thoughts. They are terribly afraid.
Suddenly Jesus comes near, he is walking on the water! Their fear turns to stark terror, they want to bolt but there is no place to go. They are thinking that Jesus is a ghost, and that he is coming to escort them to the grave. So Jesus calls out through the raging storm, “It is just me. Do not fear! Have courage.”
Brash Peter (bless him, Lord) yells to Jesus, “If it is you, really you, let me come to you, on the water!” The word ‘if’ is very telling, and it explains much. Peter is soon on the edge of frantic hysteria when he begins to sink while walking to Jesus.
If it was me, I would have let Peter drown. (What an object lesson to teach the 11 sitting in the boat. “See what happens when you have weak faith, you drown!”)
But Jesus is not teaching here, He is loving. He grabs Peter and pulls him out. I find it interesting that the rock on whom Jesus is to build his Church upon sinks like a stone. Peter shows his faith for a brief shining moment, and when he falters and sinks, Jesus catches him.
- Walkin’ on the Water (ministerioinfantilusa.com)
- There to Catch Us (trinitymilford.wordpress.com)
- What the Bible Says About Staying “Focus” – Keeping Your Eye on the Prize – Keep Your Eye on Jesus !! (lnger.wordpress.com)
- Sinking in the Sea of Life (frted.wordpress.com)