*This devotion was taken from the devotions Pastor Frankie wrote on Jesus' life and mailed to the children of EVNaz. These devotional books can be found at www.evnaz.org/kidsmatterministries.
Read Matthew 14:22-33.
Jesus’ disciples were out in a boat during the night when a storm came up. The big waves were hitting the boat and the strong winds were pushing it farther from shore. The disciples were scared because of the dreadful storm, but then something scared them even more: they saw someone coming to them, walking on the water. They did not know who or what it was so they cried out in fear.
Jesus called back, “Take courage. It is I. Don’t be afraid” (Matthew 14:27). Peter then called out to Jesus, “Lord, if it’s You, tell me to come to You on the water” (Matthew 14:28). Jesus told him to come. At first Peter could walk on the water, but then he looked around and saw the wild wind and the waves and got scared and started to sink.
Jesus didn’t let Peter drown; instead He reached out and caught Peter. Then Jesus looked at Peter and asked him why he had doubted. When Jesus and Peter climbed into the boat together, the wind and the waves died down and the disciples worshipped Jesus saying, “You are the Son of God” (Matthew 14:32).
Peter was able to walk on water until he stopped trusting Jesus and became afraid. In our own lives there are times when we are tempted to do the same thing. When we forget that God is always with us and we become frightened by the situation we are in (dark rooms, unknown situations) or something we see (dogs or bees), we are like Peter. When we see or hear things that scare us, we need to remember to pray and to trust God.
Dear God, sometimes it’s hard to be brave. Please help me to remember that You will take care of me and help me to have courage. In Jesus name, Amen.
1. Why were the disciples afraid?
2. What did Jesus say?
3. What did Peter do and say?
4. Was he able to walk on the water?
5. When did he start to sink?
6. When are you tempted to trust in yourself instead of God?