Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” (Matthew 14:24-26
Of all the miracles Jesus ever performed, for some reason this miracle seems to amaze me the most. Nothing short of the supernatural could ever accomplish something like this. No doubt that’s why the disciples thought at first that they were seeing a ghost.
But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here! Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. (Matthew 14:27-29)
Considering the fact that the disciples had been struggling all night with the waves, one would think that their first request would have been for Jesus to calm the storm or at least get into the boat and help them. Yet Peter said to Jesus – “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” Jesus responded to Peter’s request by saying – “‘Come!’And climbing out of the boat, Peter started walking on the water and came toward Jesus.”
From this story I see that there are three ways we can react to a storm:
1) We can become paralyzed with fear
2) We can become consumed with self-pity
3) Or, we can get out of the boat and walk on the water
Warren Wiersbe writes in his commentary –
“Before we criticize Peter for sinking, let’s honor him for his magnificent demonstration of faith. He dared to be different. Anybody can sit in the boat and watch. But it takes a person of real faith to leave the boat and walk on the water.”
God bless you my brethren.