Read Matthew 14:22-33
This is the account of Peter walking on the water. In v24 “the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.” Many times in life, the winds are contrary! While the winds are contrary, the disciples saw Jesus walking on the sea. The same account in Mark 6:48-51 tells us that when Jesus went into the boat the winds ceased and John 6:17 tells us it was “now dark.” We have the setting: It was dark…a storm develops…Christ comes walking on the water and now Peter walks on the water in the midst of the storm. I think we are a little too quick to condemn Peter, however, remember it is dark and there is a storm. He was not just walking on water. He was walking on water in the dark in a storm. (Matt. 14:28-32) It was a test for him. By the way, I noticed that not a one of the other disciples said, “Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.” I am sure that Peter never forgot walking on the water and never got over it as well. Now notice several things:
1. In Matthew 14:22 notice that sometimes the Lord sends us straight into a storm, not to destroy us or disturb us, but to bring us to a higher level of faith.
2. Notice as well that between v.24 and 25 they are in the storm but none of them called for prayer ! Maybe that is why they were afraid and also why none but Peter trusted the Lord enough to walk on the water.
3. In vs. 25, Jesus showed up in the 4th watch which is about 3AM. We learn a valuable lesson from this, namely, never give up! Do not be surprised if Jesus waits until the 4th watch in your storm. Please see Psalm 27:13-14 I have known people who gave up in the 2nd or 3rd watch. See Hebrews 10:35-39
4. Expect Jesus to come in your strom! V26 It is hard to believe but they cried out in fear thinking it was a spirit. This reveal that they did not pray and did not expect Jesus to come and deliver.
5. Know that is it is safer in the storm with Jesus than in the boat. The boat became their security…the solid surface was their faith, not the Saviour. Vs.27-29
6. It takes faith to walk on water in the midst of the storm. V29
7. Finally, do not become weak and sink in the storm. Jesus had already said in v27, “be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.” Notice in Matt. 14:22, Jesus had already “constrained His disciples to get into a ship, and to go before Him unto the other side…” That should be enough…they were going to the other side. Live by faith…If you are saved, you will make it to the other side, and in this case, the other side of your storm.