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Peter Takes A Walk (2 of 6)
Touched by Jesus
Tony R. Nester
When Peter stepped out of that boat he was a desperate
The disciples had struggled in their boat all night
against a raging storm on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus
wasn't with them. He had sent them off in their boat
while he went up on a mountain to pray. Matthew
reports that the storm lasted until early morning.
That's a free translation of some Greek words that
mean "the fourth watch of the night" which was 3:00 AM
TO 6:00 AM. By then Peter and the other disciples
were wet, exhausted, and wondering if they were going
to survive the night. They had nothing left to give.
If you've ever been in desperate circumstances then
this story is for you. Get your mind's eye on those
disciples in their boat being tossed to and fro by
the waves. See the water come splashing up against
them and filling the boat. Watch them as the wind
blows them off course and threatens their lives.
Hear the sound of the wind and rain beating against
them and muffling their cries to one another to hang
on. It is a scene of desperate and despairing men.
This is a "fourth watch" story. It's about a storm
that doesn't seem to end. It's about people who've
reached exhaustion. It's about you and me when we've
come to the end of our strength. So it was for Peter
when he stepped out of that boat. He was a desperate
But Peter was also a man with faith. Desperate, yes.
But with some faith, nevertheless. When Jesus
declares himself to the disciples - "Take heart, it
is I; do not be afraid" - Peter is the one who
reacts with faith. "Lord, if it is you, command me
to come to you on the water."
In desperate moments we sometimes discover that we
still have some faith left in us - perhaps more than
we thought we had. We may say that we're exhausted,
spent, defeated, finished. But the Lord has a way of
calling forth s ...
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