Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” . . . Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Do Not Be Afraid
What are you afraid of? Failure, the future, loneliness, love, rejection, disease, death—everyone is afraid of something. But we learn from Jesus that, in him, we have nothing to fear.
Jesus’ disciples were sailing through the night across the Sea of Galilee. While they were still a fair distance from shore, wind and waves were pounding against the boat. As they were busy battling the elements, Jesus came strolling atop the water toward them. The disciples were terrified. But Jesus quickly took away their fears.
He gave them courage by reminding them of who he is. He is the LORD, the unchanging Savior God. He is the God who set boundaries for the waters of the earth, saying, “This far you may come and no farther” (Job 38:11). He is the God who used water to deliver the Israelites from the Egyptians. He is the God who made it rain after 3 years of drought during the days of Elijah. He is the God who gave Peter the confidence to walk on water and the faith to call on his Savior when doubt caused him to sink. He is God who stopped the waves from battering the boat without saying a word.
You have nothing to fear. Jesus is your God, your Savior. He is the God who stretched out his hands on the cross to save you from your sea of sins that would have pulled you under the waves of God’s righteous anger. He is the God who loosened death’s grip when he rose from the grave so that he could give you eternal life. He is the God who speaks courage into your heart when fear batters your spirit and faith into your heart when you are sinking in doubt. Because of Jesus, your God, you have nothing to fear.
Lord Jesus, I praise you for delivering me from death, calming my fears, and removing my doubts. Amen.