September 25, 2019 Clyde Ritchey Grimes

Be not afraid!

This morning I read the account about the boat trip that the disciples took without Jesus following the feeding of the 5,000 (John 6:16-21). If you are familiar with that event, then you know that a terrible storm erupted and was preventing them from reaching their destination. Jesus walked upon the water, caught up with them, and eventually entered the boat. John records "and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading" (21).

I love these insights from F.B. Meyer based on that passage:

He knew when he pressed the disciples into the boat, that the night would be full of storm, but he did not hesitate to expose them to its peril; he was conscious of his ability to turn that storm to the highest use by coming to their help. His advent is often delayed, but he always comes. Delays are not denials. He is as near in the storm as though already in the boat. The storm-waves are his pathway. Be not afraid!

 F. B. Meyer, Through the Bible Day by Day: A Devotional Commentary, vol. 5 (Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, 1914–1918), 191.

Trust in Jesus today. Trust his leading in your life. Don't be afraid when the storms of life assail you; Jesus is near and he will see you through!