Read Matthew 14:22-33.
Read the following questions, and pick one or two to respond to in the comments below. Or, respond to someone else’s comment with a question or comment of your own.
In verse 27, Jesus says, “It is I,” or “I am.” These two Greek words form the center of this whole story – there are 90 words before, and 90 words after. Might there be any significance to this centrality?
Some commentators think that Peter was being trusting by walking on the water; others think he was being overly enthusiastic. What do you think?
Jesus responded graciously to Peter twice in this story. When Peter was bold, Jesus gave him power. When Peter was timid, Jesus saved him. Do you think the same can be said of Jesus' response to our faith (or lack thereof)?
Questions from A Walk Thru the Life of Peter:
Can you think of a situation in which your zeal has gotten you “in over your head”? Did God help you in that situation?
What did Peter experience when he kept his eyes on Jesus? What did he experience when he stared at the circumstances (wind and waves)? In your difficult times, which do you tend to gaze at – Jesus or circumstances – and why?