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

Monday, April 22, 2024

Late that night, the disciples were in their boat in the middle of the lake, and Jesus was alone on land. He saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling against the wind and waves. About three o'clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. He intended to go past them, but when they saw him walking on the water, they cried out in terror, thinking he was a ghost. They were all terrified when they saw him.

But Jesus spoke to them at once. "Don't be afraid," he said. "Take courage! I am here!"

— Mark 6:47-50 NLT

Key Thought

Where would you be and what circumstances would lead you to fear being abandoned? Jesus will be there! That's a significant part of 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 in his arms.

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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Illustration of Mark 6:47-50 NLT — "Don't be afraid,"   ——   "Take courage! I am here!"

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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