Matthew 14:22-33 New International Version (NIV)
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. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
“When he saw the wind.” – You can’t see the wind. It’s not something physical you reach out and touch, see, or connect with. Ironic isn’t it, that the thing he was most afraid of was something he could not see. It’s not your circumstance, situation, or hardship that rocks you to the core and shatters your faith. More often, it is the unseen that prevents us from moving forward. It’s the fear of whats lurking over the summit or around the bend that causes us pause.
I’ve heard so many argue that if they could see God they would believe. Here, we find Peter standing right before the Lord in the flesh, and still he wavered. Being able to see Him didn’t strengthen his faith, solidify his trust, or center him in his walk.
I’ve heard some people ridicule and be-little Peter for his lack of faith. They say, “How could he doubt when Jesus was right there? How could he doubt when he was already walking on water? What a failure?”
Peter may have taken his eyes off of Jesus. He may have been fearful of the unseen. You can judge him, ridicule him, laugh at him, or even challenge his faith but no matter what you do you can not change the fact that Peter walked on water. How many of us can say we’ve done that?