(22-23) Jesus was God, but He still spent time with God. He practiced what He preached. He didn’t just teach His disciples to pray without praying Himself. After healing others and feeding crowds, Jesus made time to get away and commune with God. It is important for us to have some daily one-on-one time with our Heavenly Father. If Christ saw it necessary to do so, certainly we should too.
(24-33) Are we terrified when Jesus does the unbelievable? Full of fear when He performs the impossible? The disciples certainly were when they saw Jesus walking on water. One of the most repeated phrases in the Bible is, “Do not be afraid!” or “Fear not!” Why is God so hung up about His followers being fearless? Because fear paralyzes. Fear leaves us powerless. Fear prevents us from moving forward.
Faith gives us the belief that we can walk on the water. When Jesus calls us out into the great unknown, faith is what propels us to get out of the boat. Amid fierce winds and waves, faith is what keeps our eyes on Jesus. Fear is what makes us sink.
Favorite verse: (27) But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”