26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
What this means to me –>
Here we go again! Jesus is showing His raw power and the disciples are frightened instead of trusting and comforted by it. Still after all these years, we are like the disciples.
Can you imagine how shaken up their nerves must have been already, form the treacherous storm they were sailing through anyway? And then all of a sudden to see a figure in the distance basically floating towards them: I myself probably would have been frightened too, at first especially. And keep in mind this was before the Holy Spirit was given to them.
Jesus, knowing they were confused and frightened, called out to them, telling them don’t fret, be comforted, don’t be afraid, It is okay, It’s me, Jesus. Our souls and physical bodies are so weak that even thought they saw their Lord walking on water, Peter still says, prove it to me, If it’s really you let me come to you by walking on the water myself.
Even though Jesus gave Peter, the power to walk on water, and even after they saw Jesus walking on water, they still were not completely comforted, at lest not for very long anyway.
Time has a funny way of making us forget the power of our God. Making us almost numb to it in a way. But God, I believe, knows that every now and then we need a good reminder of His awesomeness and power, either through chastisement or blessings.
God is so good
In Christ’s love,