Today's passage: Matthew 14:22-36
- After the miracle of feeding the five thousand, Jesus wanted to be alone to pray.
- The fourth watch was between three and six in the morning.
- The disciples had been battling the storm at sea for some time before Jesus arrived. Their nerves were probably shot when they saw someone walking on the stormy sea.
- The Greek word for “ghost” means a figment of the imagination. They were saying, “We are seeing things!” The fact that the disciples thought they were seeing a “ghost” does not advocate for the existence of ghosts…and, it was Jesus.
- Peter's faith in Jesus Christ got shaken when he was distracted by the very storm that Jesus commanded. Peter's faith was little (or weak), but it was faith and it was in the right place. He knew who to ask for salvation when he started sinking.
- The miracle was complete when Jesus stepped into the boat. As soon as the storm had accomplished its God given purpose, it ceased.
Questions to consider:
- What can we learn about Jesus from this passage?
- How do trials strengthen and expand our faith?
- Do you think Peter was aware what the limit of his faith was before this occurred?
- Seeing and focusing on the wind and waves distracted Peter and caused him to doubt. What are the wind and waves in your life that can take your eyes off of Jesus?