A 30-year-old Bulgarian sailor was trying to reach America from the coast of South West England in a 14 feet dinghy (yacht or ferry). He had no life jacket, no lights and only had a local map. He got seasick and got caught in the rough sea only five miles off the coast in an attempt to sail 3,000 miles to America.

Jesus’ disciples were in a dinghy of fear just like the Bulgarian sailor. At Jesus’ instruction they had gone into the boat to go ahead of Him to the other side. But as they got farther into the sea, the wind became contrary, threatening to sink them. Panicky, they struggled and grappled for their lives. When Jesus showed up, their fear multiplied as they took Him for a ghost, because He walked on the water. Don’t our hearts get clutched by fear at the slightest rocking of your boat? Don’t our hearts pound with trepidation, when we get caught in stormy circumstances?

Often, we forget quickly who we are and whose we are. We don’t recall God’s assurance: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6). What are you afraid of? What is threatening to sink your boat? The bills are rising, you are out of a job, circumstances in your life are uncertain. Your circumstances can’t be more real than God’s assurances to you. Right in the storm, Jesus is present and calling you to “take courage” and come out of your dinghy of fear, so, you can step over the rough sea of your life!

PRAYER: Lord, deliver me from fear and the torment it brings.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR |1 KINGS 14-15 & LUKE 22:21-46

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