by Kim Starr
Here are some lessons we can glean from this passage:
Even Jesus needed a break. Jesus sent the disciples on their way and went to a solitary place to pray. He needed his Father. How often, when we are grief stricken, exhausted, overwhelmed, or tired do we go to our Father? We need to remember that whatever our circumstances; we need to go to God.
The disciples were struggling at sea. Their boat was being hit repeatedly and with great force by the waves, and the wind was fierce. In their struggles and anxiety, they did not recognize Jesus as He walked towards them on the water. Instead, they were terrified. How often do we fail to recognize Jesus? We need to learn to look for Him. He is there.
Jesus tells the disciples, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” (verse 27) Even so, the disciples don’t believe Him. Peter wants proof and asks Jesus to tell him to come to Him on the water. Jesus tells him to come, so Peter gets out of the boat and starts walking on the water. Peter feels the wind, questions what he is doing, his faith starts to waiver, and he sinks. How many times do we challenge God and ask for proof? And, once we are convinced of the proof, how often do we do what He commands only to have our faith waiver? We need to remember that God is always with us, He will never leave us or forsake us, and we do not need to be afraid. With His help, we can overcome our fears and struggles.
Peter cries to Jesus for help, which Jesus gives, but asks Peter why he doubted. How often do we lose sight of Jesus and start to sink? How often do we see the hand of Jesus reaching out to us when we’ve cried out for help? The hand of God may come from many places including people around us or scripture. We need to look for the hand of God and we need to ask Him for support. He will provide it.
Jesus and Peter get in the boat, the wind dies down and the disciples started worshiping Jesus saying He truly is the Son of God. Do we know who Jesus is? We need to acknowledge His authority, His sovereignty, His deity, and His great love for us. We need to worship Him!
Take a moment and look again at what Jesus did in this passage. Which lesson do you need to focus on? Do you need to go to God? Do you need to look for Jesus? Do you need His help to overcome your fears and struggles? Do you need to look for the hand of God reaching out to you? Do you need to praise and worship God? Whichever one you select, make the time today to do it.