Matthew 14:29 "And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus."
Jesus told the disciples to get in the ship and take it to the other side. Jesus (being God and knowing all things) knew they would encounter a storm. The Lord had been praying on the mountain and no doubt had been praying for them. Let me just say right here that I'm glad the Lord is praying for me!!
These men had struggled to make any progress at all in the storm. Remember now...the winds were boisterous and the waves were tremendous. Yet they kept going. They did not turn back. They knew the Lord had sent them on this journey.
They were tired and exhausted. They were in the darkest part of the storm. (vs. 25) "And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea." Then Jesus showed up. Jesus will do that in the midst of our storm. Just when we think our storm can't get any worse and things are the darkest they've been yet...Jesus will show up.
He came to them when they couldn't get to Him. They think they are seeing things when they see Him coming. (vs. 27) "But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid." He told them not to be afraid. The safest place for them to be was in the boat. That boat was not going to sink. He wanted them there.
Peter then questioned if it was the Lord walking toward them on the water. He asked Jesus to bid him to step out and walk on the water. Jesus then granted Peter's request. Peter stepped out.
You know we tend to give Peter a hard time about Peter losing sight of the Lord...but at least he got out of the boat. Think about it...would you have gotten out of the boat? Would you have trusted the Lord enough to get out of the boat? Many of us wouldn't even had done that much...yet Peter did.
He was walking on the water for a time. The winds were still blowing and the sea was still horrific. At that point he became afraid and cried out "Lord, save me." Jesus also granted this request. Peter realized he needed the Lord. Once he was back in the boat the storm ceased.
Your storm will cease. He will also not let you sink. Cry out to Him and trust Him. One thing the disciples failed to do was praise Him in the midst of the storm. They waited till the storm was passed. God deserves and wants our praise in the midst of our storm. I Thessalonians 5:18 "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." We need to give thanks in our storm. It is not easy to praise Him in the storm. If you'll do that He will strengthen you and help you to make it to the other side.
So the next time things are looking like your storm can't get any worse or darker...step out of the boat and trust the Lord to save you. He sees the storm and knows what you are facing in it.