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03/03/2008

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A Calm In The Storm


"But Jesus immediately said to them, "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid" (Matt. 14:27).

Just after feeding the 5,000, (plus women and children) Jesus had His disciples get into a boat and go across the Sea of Galilee. He went off by Himself on a mountainside to pray. A storm arose on the sea and the boat was in trouble. I think that Jesus sent them across, knowing of the impending storm, because there was a lesson to be taught. It was a lesson of trust that I am sure that they would never forget.

Jesus had not forsaken them. The account of this event in Mark said, "He saw the disciples strain against the oars" (6:48).As hard as they might row, the storm was "against them" and they could not reach shore. Jesus delayed that their faith would be strengthened. At just the right time, He entered into the storm with them. Between 3 and 4 in the morning, Jesus came walking to them on the water. His timing was such that they had probably reached the end of their human resourses, but not too late for supernatural deliverence.

When they saw Him walking toward them, they did not recognize Him, but thought rather that He was "a ghost." They were terrified. Jesus calmed their fear by saying, "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." The very presence of Jesus Christ brings comfort and courage.

If there is some storm in our lives, we can "take courage." If we are rowing with all of our might and getting nowhere at the darkest hour, we are assured the security of His Presence. Regardless of the severity of the storm, He draws near us with words of comfort and courage. HIS PRESENCE goes with us, encouraging us as he goes through the storm with us. No matter how fierce the storm, it becomes a pathway by which He draws near to us with the words, "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."

HE IS our calm in the storm.

Have a great week...Let your light shine for Him...Love mark Phil. 4:11

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