This morning my Chronological Bible took me to the miracle of Jesus walking on the water. After having fed five thousand men, plus an unknown number of women and children, with just 5 loaves and two fish, Jesus sent the disciples to cross the lake to Capernaum while he dismissed the crowd. When He was alone, He retreated to the mountainside to pray. When He was ready to join the disciples, who had been battling the wind and waves, He simply walked out to them.
Twelve men in a boat, battling the wind and waves, and they look out and see someone walking. Matthew 14:26 says “they were terrified.” But Jesus tells them not to be afraid because it’s Him. Peter says, “If it’s really you, tell me to come out to you.” And Jesus says, “Come.” As Peter walks on the water, he doubts, starts to sink, and cries out to Jesus, who saves him. And then He says, “You of little faith. Why did you doubt?”
Peter stepped out of the boat. Peter walked on water. And he had little faith?
What about the other eleven still in the boat? Don’t you wonder what they were thinking? Were they still terrified? Did they faint? Were they frozen in place? Why didn’t they get out, too? Why did they let Peter go alone? Did they regret not taking the chance they had to walk with Jesus on the water? Were they overcome with understanding after witnessing the feeding of five thousand and walking on the water?
When Jesus and Peter got into the boat, the eleven finally reacted. They worshiped Him and declared Him to be the Son of God.
I can think of lots of reasons to stay in the boat. There’s only one reason to get out of the boat.
To enjoy the walk with the Savior.