Scripture Reading: Luke 4:35–41
Key Verse: Matthew 14:27
But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”
Jesus had sent His disciples on ahead to Bethsaida. They had crossed the Sea of Galilee with trepidation. As skilled fishermen, they could tell that the cool air on their faces preceded a storm front. The volatile air currents would soon clash and a violent tempest would erupt—something they had learned to dread.
In the dead of night, the torrents of rain started. Even with their seasoned experience, the tossing seas and whipping winds were daunting. Just when it seemed as if they would die, a ghostly figure approached their boat by walking on the water.
When was the last time you were overcome with fear? Do you remember how you felt? Right now, you may be facing a fearful situation. Perhaps you feel as though you are barely surviving the tempest blows, and your faith is being confronted with a terrifying unknown. Matthew 14:27 reports that Jesus told them not to be afraid. This is Christ’s message to you. Augustine writes, “Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe.” You may not understand how God will deliver you, but you can be sure that He will.
Take courage! Believe that He will calm the raging storm surrounding you, and you will witness the clouds breaking apart.
I believe, Lord, even though I cannot see. Give me courage. Calm the raging storm around me.