Peter had a near death conversation with Jesus during a life-threatening storm. Peter is often cited for his bold mistakes, but Peter is more than just a rash man. Some of his escapades show him to also be a man after God’s own heart-- a man who finds profound revelation in the extremes of his reach. The storm came late one night as they journeyed by boat across the Sea of Galilee.

Matthew 14:
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.33Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Peter is with his friends in a doubly terrifying predicament. These seasoned fishermen had enough experience on the water to know that they were in grave danger, but the sight of a ghost played upon their greatest fears. 

What evil force was behind this unmanageable storm? What entity was coming to drag them into the depths and torment their souls?

When we find ourselves in a critical situation where bad goes to worse, we may find ourselves like David saying, “My eyes fail, looking for my God.”

It is also in the same place of our greatest fear that we find the Lord speaking these words, ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’

Jesus is with us in the greatest fears and walks upon the forces that threaten us.

And, what are we to make of Christ’s miracle of walking on the water? If Jesus were an ordinary human we would contend that this was a mythical account. But it is the very claims of such miracles that point to the true Divinity of Jesus. Matthew Henry points us to Scriptures about God’s power and says:

This is a great instance of Christ’s sovereign dominion over all the creatures; they are all under his feet, and at his command; they forget their natures, and change the qualities that we call essential. We need not enquire how this was done, whether by condensing the surface of the water (when God pleases, the depths are congealed in the heart of the sea, Exod. 15:8), or by suspending the gravitation of his body, which was transfigured as he pleased; it is sufficient that it proves his divine power, for it is God’s prerogative to tread upon the waves of the sea (Job 9:8), as it is to ride upon the wings of the wind. He that made the waters of the sea a wall for the redeemed of the Lord (Isa. 51:10), here makes them a walk for the Redeemer himself, who, as Lord of all, appears with one foot on the sea and the other on dry land, Rev. 10:2. The same power that made iron to swim (2 Kings. 6:6) did this. What ailed thee, O thou sea? Ps. 114:5. It was at the presence of the Lord. Thy way, O God, is in the sea, (Ps. 77:19). Note Christ can take what way he pleases to save his people.[i]

The disciples in the boat concluded that Jesus was divine—the true Son of God. Who else could rule over the elements like this man?

[i] Matthew Henry’s Commentary