When Jesus Walks on Water

When Jesus walks on water, the disciples don’t know whether to fear the storm or fear the man who could control the storm.

Instead of thankfulness, they react with fear:

But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” | Matthew 14:27

Jesus sees their fear and responds with reassurance by reminding them who He is.

It. Is. I.

That was it; that was enough to wipe away the fear. Yet, Peter asks Christ to prove himself. He sees Christ do a marvelous work and still, he questions it.

And Peter answered him, “Lord if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” | Matthew 14:28

Now, how do I react when I saw God work?

Do I marvel?
Do I fear?
Do I rejoice?
Do I thank?
Do I doubt?

or worst of all…

Do I ignore?

Sure, Peter doubted, but at least he stepped out of the boat. He did something. And we see that his action further leads to Jesus showing how He continually reaches out His hand to take a hold of us.

But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why do you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. | Matthew 14:30-32

Despite the fear that initially filled the disciples, despite the doubt, when the winds ceased, they worshiped Him.

And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” Matthew 14: 33

Often times, I know I fit into the “ignore” category.

God is continually working, but it’s so easy to forget or not even see it in the day to day. In hindsight, it’s all so clear that He was working out each and every detail for His glory.

But I don’t only want to marvel in hindsight.

When Jesus walks on water for us, when He does marvelous work (p.s. that’s everything He does), in the big and small things, in the remarkable and the ordinary:

Do I react?
Do I worship?

And ultimately, am I reminded of who He really is—the Son of God?

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