Everything that Jesus did while on Earth was for a reason, don’t you think?
Every miracle, every word of teaching, every compassionate glance of His eyes.
Everything meant something.
Holding this to be true, why do you suppose that Jesus would orchestrate the events surrounding the night He chose to walk on water?
Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said. (Matthew 14:22-29a)
Why did He go alone to pray?
Why did He send His disciples on ahead in the boat?
Why did He let them struggle in the storm for so long?
Why did He walk to them, instead of just appearing into the boat?
Why did He allow Peter to walk miraculously on the water, as well?
Since all these things are recorded in scripture, they must be important for us to know about.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Have you ever felt that you were alone in the storm without Jesus? You were battling the raging sea all by yourself? You may have asked, "Why would He leave me in this solitary fight?"
If this rings familiar, was there not also a time in the storm when Jesus joined you? A time whne you felt His presence close by?
You may have called out to Him and enjoyed a time of miraculous peace and trust as you walked toward Him, the relentless sounds of the waves and rain fading in its wake.
What happened then? Did you keep your eyes on Him or did your thoughts drift back to the crashing of the waters and the blinding flashes of lightning?
Did you begin to "sink?"
Even so, He would not have left you.
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31)
Surely after this experience, Peter knew in his heart that with Jesus’ strength and power, anything was possible….
as long as he trusted completely, even in the midst of a storm.
Jesus hears you calling to Him right now.
Can you hear His reply?