As He approached, in the midst of the swirling wind, the darkness, the blowing water and the roll of the ship, Jesus called out, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
When Jesus says in the midst of your storm, “It is I,” it’s a call to faith. When He says, “Take courage,” it’s a call to action. True faith will always, at some point, require courage.
Peter says, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” This is wonderful, really.
Here is an insight, not only into Jesus, but into Peter’s relationship with Jesus. Ever since Peter has known the Lord, He has required Peter to do the impossible. Over and over, Peter has seen Jesus work miracles; over and over Jesus has empowered Peter to do what He saw Jesus do. This is Peter’s discernment: “If it’s really the Lord, He’ll tell me to do what He’s doing: something impossible.”
Jesus responds to Peter with just one word, “Come!” Peter is not about to walk on the water, not really. When he steps out, he is walking on the word, “Come.” This is all about trusting the integrity of Jesus’ word.