When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid." (Matthew 14:26-27)
You probably remember that Jesus once walked on the Sea of Galilee. But we sometimes forget that one of His disciples, Peter, also walked on the water; Peter said to Him, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to You on the water." And He said, "Come!" And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. (Matthew 14:28-29)
These seasoned sailors and fishermen were used to the unpredictable Sea of Galilee, but this storm caused them great fear and despair. They thought Jesus was the rumored "ghost of the sea" that some believed came to those who were about to die. But Jesus said to them, "Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid."
Then Jesus invited Peter to join Him on the water, this sea of fear and despair. And as long as Peter was trusting Jesus and walking toward Him, he was secure, calm and fearless in the storm. But when Peter took his eyes off Jesus, he began to sink; But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "lord save me!" (Matthew 14:30)
There is a practical analogy and teaching in this true story for every believer. The violent sea and waves represent the trials and tribulations of life that can cause us to fear and despair. But even in the most difficult circumstances, if we keep our eyes on Jesus, trusting and obeying Him, we can rise above our circumstances.
We too can remain secure, calm and fearless even in the most violent storms of life knowing that our sovereign Lord and Savior is right there with us; Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?" (Matthew 14:31)
"Turn your eyes upon Jesus...
Look full in His wonderful face.
And the things of this life will grow strangely dim...