Matthew 14:24-33 (NKJV)

24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.

25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.

27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”

29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”

31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”

Our pastor spoke on this passage in church yesterday. I wrote about it myself not all that long ago. To me it has been a reminder to keep my eyes on Jesus, for without Him I would fail. As the pastor spoke yesterday, however, I did as I often do. I listen with one ear while re-reading the passage over, and sometimes over yet again. As I did that, the Spirit gave me a deeper understanding. This story is not just a story of a miracle. Although there is no doubt that is what it is. It is more than one lesson. In fact it is chock full of important messages, and it is quickly becoming one of my favorite Bible stories. Here is what the Spirit showed to me in this passage.

1. Jesus comes to us in our hour of need, when things are darkest and we are gripped by fear.

2. Not only does Jesus come, He comes with the supernatural power of God, which He employs in our lives and circumstances.

3. Jesus answers our cries for help with the assurance of who He is; He calms our fears.

4. Even as He comes to us, He invites us to join Him.

5. We are sustained by Him as long as we trust in Him.

6. We are weak whenever we take our eyes off Jesus.

7. He is ready to rescue us when we fail.

8. He is gentle in His reproach.

9. Jesus is faithful to the end of the storm.