Take Courage!

But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Matthew 14:27

What is your initial reaction when your life enters a storm? Just as Jesus told his disciples, he is telling you today, Take courage and don’t be afraid!

In life we may feel helpless sometimes like the disciples, floating in a boat in darkness. Sometimes were not sure what is going to happen next, but we should always remember God is with us. Just like the disciples, who thought they were alone in the darkness, Jesus was right by their side.

Only Peter had the courage to ask Jesus if he could walk on the water with him, and when he took that “leap of faith” he was walking on the water with his Lord!

But just as in life, a storm started to come in, Peter quickly lost his faith and began to drown. How many of us start off with strong faith and then begin to whither as the storms rage in?  God tells us to “Be strong and courageous, for God will be with you wherever we go” (Joshua 1:9)

Peter immediately cried out to Jesus, and he saved him. (Matthew 14:30-31) Even when we lose our faith or get off track, its always important to return to God. Even though Peter temporarily lost his faith, Jesus didn’t hesitate in saving him.

Remember if you’re in the storm today, if you feel like your drowning in that boat in the dark sea, Jesus is standing right there with you. Just as Peter did, cry out Lord Save me! And Jesus will grab you from the drowning waters and into his arms Amen!

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