What Jesus Did! 'I Am Here!' — Mark 6:47-50

Friday, April 22, 2016

That night, the boat was still in the middle of the lake. Jesus was alone on the land. Jesus saw the boat far away on the lake. He saw the followers working hard to row the boat. The wind was blowing against them. Sometime between three and six o'clock in the morning, Jesus went to the boat. Jesus was walking on the water. Jesus continued walking until he was almost past the boat. But the followers saw Jesus walking on the water. They thought he was a ghost. The followers shouted with fear. All the followers saw Jesus and were very afraid. But Jesus spoke to the followers and said, "Don't worry! It's me! Don't be afraid."
— Mark 6:47-50 NLT
Illustration of Mark 6:47-50 NLT — "Don't worry! It's me! Don't be afraid."

Key Thought

Where do you most fear being abandoned? Jesus will be there! That's the message here. In the middle of the storm—in a familiar place in a storm with people you know and love and yet feel so helpless and alone—Jesus will meet you. If you will call out to him and trust his desire to come to you and to help you, you will see him there. Don't fear the storm! Don't be disconsolate because of the fear in the eyes of those around you. Jesus will meet you in the storm and keep you safe.

Today's Prayer

O Abba Father, help me believe that I will never be abandoned or left alone—not even in my worst and most fearful times. In Jesus' name I ask for this faith. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 28:20b
  • Romans 8:35-39
  • Hebrews 13:5-6

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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