Today's Devotional Thought
May 17, 2011 by Wendy Foreman
I'm a Little Afraid
What are you afraid of?
In today’s verses, the disciples were terrified for their lives. They thought that they would be swallowed up by the waters and never reach the shore.
How many of us feel like we are going to be swallowed up by the angry waves of life and never get to the shore we see in the distance?
The longer I live this life, the more I recognize that it is full of angry waves that are rising up and trying to knock us down and keep us down so that we aren’t able to carry on with the things the Lord has called us to do. And, those waves that hit us can be anything.
What have you experienced in your life that has taken you for a loop? If you are like me, some days you reach a point where you are say, “Seriously Lord? This is what is going on in my life right now?”
I am reading a book by Lysa TerKuerst right now that talks about radical obedience. In one of the chapters, she talks about a day where everything was going wrong in her life. Have you had a day like that? You know, those days when we stand there asking God, “Seriously? This today?”
I have found that it is precisely in those moments when we have a choice. We can either be gripped with fear regardng where all these things are going or we can make the choice to trust God that He will work them out according to His will.
This week my husband is speaking at revival services at a local church. As we were driving there on Sunday our son was appearing very nervous. He finally told us that he was a little afraid because he wasn’t going to know anyone at this new church that we were going to. As his mom and dad, we knew he would be just fine. I knew that he would get there and find someone to talk with and hang with. Sure enough he did and was comfortable in no time.
Similarly, God knows what we will face each day and in each circumstance. And much like we were with our son, He is sitting right beside us putting his arm around us and reassuring us that all will be fine.
Once the disciples knew it was Jesus who was coming toward them and they let him into the boat, they weren’t afraid any longer and they reached their destination. There was a calmness and a peace that overcame the ocean and also the disciples. And this calm came because of Jesus’ very presence and the authority that it brought.
Sweet friends, when we allow Jesus into our boats He will calm the waves of our lives. Be reassured today that Jesus is always there. We just have to cry out to Him and he will calm those angry waves.
Sometimes ladies, the waves that we are in we are in for a season and perhaps a reason and I know that we don’t even like to think that way, but it is the truth. Those waves could be raging because of bad choices that we have made and until we seek forgiveness they could keep on raging. Those waves could be raging because of someone else’s bad choice, and I have had that in my own life. But let me tell you from my own experience that God walks through it with you.
I don’t have all the answers to why waves come and go, but I do know that through every angry wave or storm that I have had in my life, Jesus has been there with me. He promises that in Matthew 28:20b “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” I agree that it doesn’t always feel like God is there, but there are promises all throughout scripture that tell us differently.
I challenge you today that if you are struggling with feeling like God isn’t close by, search out scriptures that reassure you he is there. I want to give you two and please write them down so you can read them when you are feeling alone:
“My presence will go with you and give you rest.” Exodus 33:14
“Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?” Psalm 139:7
There are many, many more but I want you to know that there is nowhere you can go that you aren’t in the presence of God. He is always there!!!