Immediately after this, Jesus made his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake while he sent the people home.
The boat is like the Christian walk – walking by faith, doing what He tells us, not knowing what comes next. Even when it seems like He’s far away, we sail along in faith. Like the disciples, we’re in the boat.
Afterward, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone. Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves.
We all go through storms in life. It’s dark. You’re far from land. You’re fighting. And you feel like God is nowhere around.
About three o’clock in the morning, Jesus came to them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him, they screamed in terror, thinking he was a ghost. But Jesus spoke to them at once. “It’s all right,” he said. “I am here! Don’t be afraid.”
In the darkest part of your storm, Jesus is there to meet you. It’s all right. He’s there. Don’t be afraid.
Then Peter called to him, “Lord if it’s really you, tell me to come to you by walking on water.” “All right, come,” Jesus said.
While Peter’s in the middle of a storm – and scared – he makes a move of faith that puts him in an even scarier position. The storm is still raging, but he opts to be closer to Jesus and to experience even more of the Lord’s miraculous power. Peter’s act here is akin to our acts of faith and obedience in the midst of our storms.
So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.
Here we see Peter walking on crashing waves. Even if but for a moment, he experienced first-hand the miraculous power of God because of his faith.
But when he looked around at the high waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.
Peter only got scared when he stopped and looked at the storm all around him. When his eyes were focused on the Lord, he was walking on water. So, too, we must keep focused on him. When we look down, we sink. When we look at Him, we experience a fellowship with Him that surpasses our wildest imagination. Where you look is where you go.
Instantly Jesus reached out his hand and grabbed him. “You don’t have much faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” And when they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped.
Jesus won’t let us sink. Even if we don’t have much faith, he will save us from the storm. There is no need to doubt him. And after this season, he will be with us again in the boat, and the storm will stop. But in the meantime, we have a chance to walk on water.
Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.
The disciples’ faith was built by Peter’s. Peter didn’t have much faith, but the other disciples had less. They didn’t even get out of the boat. Before Peter walked on water and let Jesus’ divinity be displayed through him, the disciples were terrified of Jesus and believed He was a ghost. It was only through Peter’s act of faith that they came to believe. It was only by seeing him walk on water – even if just for a little bit – and by him bringing Jesus back into the boat (our Christian walks are shared by others; there’s more than one person in the same boat) that they believed. In the same way, others’ faith will be built by witnessing our faith in the middle of storms.