1. Review Matthew 14:25-26. Identify in writing what the reaction of the Apostles was when they first saw the Savior walking on the water toward them.
At first when the apostles saw Jesus, the scripture says that they were troubled and they cried out in fear. I think I would be troubled too if I had seen someone walking on water.
2. What did Peter’s response indicate about him?
Peter’s response is very interesting to me. Peter said in summary, if it is you Lord, let me come out onto the water with you. I think this is not only an act of faith, but trust in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is all powerful. He can do anything because he is Jesus, so to see Peter ask Jesus to do that to him, shows that Peter believes that Jesus can use his power in the benefit of other people.
3. According to Matthew 14:30, why did Peter begin to sink?
The scripture says that Peter saw the boisterous wind and he was scared. He took his focus off of the power of Jesus Christ and focused on his fears instead. The truth is, there is always going to be boisterous winds in our lives. Sometimes there are bigger winds, and sometimes there are smaller winds, but there are always winds. Thankfully there is also always Jesus Christ, and if we keep our focus on Him, the winds seem less terrifying.
4. What did Peter do when he began to sink? What word in the verses describes the expediency or the timing when Jesus responded to Peter’s request?
Even though Peter took his focus off of Jesus Christ, he turned back to Jesus and cried “Lord, save me.” I am so grateful that Peter demonstrates an important principle that is applicable to everybody- even when you take your focus off the Lord, he is always there when you refocus. And not is he only there, he is there “immediately.” The Love of the Savior is incredible and unfathomable. His timing is always perfect and he is always there to catch us when we fall.
5. Read Doctrine and Covenants 88:67. Write a paragraph describing what principle from this verse relates to what Peter did to successfully walk on the water. How can this same principle be applied to your life to assist you in walking over the storms of life?
And if your eye be single to my glory, your whole bodies shall be filled with light, and there shall be no darkness in you; and that body which is filled with light comprehendeth all things.
I love this scripture. The eye is something so powerful and magnificent. When we focus on what is important just with our eyes being fixated, our whole body is essentially following. When Peter just turned his head to focus on the fears of the boisterous winds, he began to sink. Although this was a literal sinking, we metaphorically, spiritually, sink when we turn our focus off of the Lord. I love the Lord and all that he stands for, for the way he loves us unconditionally, and for the way he never gives up on us, even when we give up on Him.