“Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.”
Ever wonder why Jesus didn’t calm the storm first before inviting Peter to walk to Him on the water? Obviously, Jesus had the power to calm the storm, as He had done before when the disciples woke him and Jesus hushed the storm into silence.
But on this occasion, Jesus makes no attempt to calm the storm. Rather, He walks above and through it. Proof that the storm was still raging when Peter walked on the water is seen in Matthew 14:30 where it says that “when he saw the wind, he was afraid.” The wind didn’t die down until both Jesus and peter had returned to the boat.
So why didn’t Jesus give Peter smooth, calm water to walk on? That would have still been an awesome miracle! Why not still waters? It was to teach Peter and all of us the lesson that you don’t have to have peaceful circumstances to walk in victory with Jesus. Life isn’t always going to be tranquil. Jesus said, “In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer I have overcome the world.”
Jesus let the storm rage as Peter walked towards Him so Peter would know that as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus, the storm was irrelevant. Smooth water, rough water, it doesn’t matter. If we focus on Christ instead of the crisis, we will walk above and through it with Him. Are you waiting for the storm to calm before you take a step of faith? Stop stalling and walk. Keep your eyes on Jesus.
Alter Your Altar
- Reflect on the fifth phrase of the “Lord’s Prayer,” (“Give us today our daily bread”). Ask Who, What, When, Where, Why and How questions and then use your sharing time to focus your prayers.
- Role play tonight’s Bible story with someone playing the part of Jesus, Peter, and the other disciples. Have each character tell the story from their point of view.