Notes: September 16, 2009

Walking On Water

This is the occasion when Peter was bid to leave the boat and walk on water.

Mark 6:47-52; John 6:16-21

  • Obediently, the disciples set off for the other side of the lake.
  • A great wind arose and the sea became tumultuous.
  • Not surprisingly, the disciples were afraid (please remember that not all of them were fishermen by trade)
  • They manned the oars, but after 9 hours they managed to travel only 25 or 30 furlongs (3 or 4 miles).
  • Jesus saw them (from his vantage point on the mountain, or as omniscient God?)
  • Jesus walked (on the water) to see them.
  • Mark (v. 48) suggests that he was going to pass them, but they cried out, supposing that they had seen a ghost.
  • Jesus stopped to comfort them. He went up into the ship, and the wind ceased.
  • But, not considering the miracle of the loaves, their heart was hardened (v. 52).

Meditation Points:

  1. Sometimes, no matter how you try, and no matter how sure you are in the will of God, things don’t go your way and you don’t seem to make any progress.
  2. Be sure that Jesus sees your struggle.
  3. When He is with you, the wind stops.
  4. Don’t harden your heart by failing to consider all that Jesus has done.