Sunday’s Scripture –August 9, 2020
One of the most well-known stories that Jesus lived is found in Matthew 14:22-33.
After a long day of ministry (feeding a multitude), Jesus sends the disciples into a boat and across the lake. There’s a big storm, and as Jesus walks to them on the water, the disciples think he’s a ghost. They “cry out in fear.” (v.26) Jesus identifies himself, saying, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” (v. 27). Peter asks him to prove it by telling Peter to walk on the water too. Jesus says, “Come,” and Peter does. It goes well for a moment, but Peter loses sight of Jesus and begins to sink. Verse 31 says, “Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’” The story ends with the disciples worshipping Jesus and proclaiming, “Truly you are the son of God!” (v. 33)
Quick question: What tone of voice did you give Jesus when he tells Peter his faith is little and asks why he doubts? Was it an angry voice?
Why do we always give God an angry voice? Why is it so hard to take God at God’s word that God delights in us, is pleased with us, and rejoices over us with singing?
It’s interesting that we seem to interpret this story as Peter’s greatest failure. But, what if it’s his greatest success? After all, he got out of the boat when the other eleven didn’t. And we seem to miss this one, amazing detail: Peter got to walk back to the boat on the water, lock-step with Jesus. Peter had to have lived on that story for years.
Of utmost importance is how Jesus identifies himself to the disciples. When he says, “It is I,” it’s as if he’s saying, “I AM is here,” just like God to Moses at the burning bush. The significance was not lost on the disciples. He goes on to prove his identity by walking on the water and calming the storm.
We may fail, but isn’t it worse to miss out on walking on the water with Jesus? Jesus is IAM and he redeems and transforms even our failures.
- Take some time to reflect on the tone of voice you give God. Why this tone of voice? What does it say about how you view God’s character? Pray for God to sanctify your understanding in this way.
- What do you see as your greatest failure in your relationship with God? Could it also be a success in some way. Ask God to redeem your perspective.
- Where do you need to step out in faith? Where do you need to remember that I AM goes with you? You don’t want to miss walking with Jesus on the water.