LGD 146: Take Courage

Waves breaking over rocks

Do you find the holidays to be overwhelming? Have you found this year to be overwhelming?

Waves breaking over rocks
Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

Well, take courage, my friend. The year is almost over, and hopefully, 2021 will be better than this year.

Even though we are in the midst of a COVID case spike, we can take heart that Jesus is there with us. He gives us strength when we need it.

Let’s take a look at story from Matthew where Jesus comes to the aid of the disciples.

Let’s set the scene.

Jesus has just finished feeding the five thousand men and who knows how many women and children.

He sends the disciples on ahead while He retreats to be with His Father in prayer and refreshment.

The disciples are chilling in their boat when the sea becomes violent, and fear sets in.

The sky is still dark, and the waves are still gigantic when all of a sudden, they see something moving across the lake.

Not a something, but a someone.

Someone was walking on the water.

Side note

I’m pretty sure if I saw someone walking on the water, I would be screaming like a kid who just had someone take their favorite toy.

End side note

“But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.'”

Matthew 14:27

Peter calls out to Jesus and says, if it’s you command me to come to you.

Jesus says, Come.

Jesus called Peter’s bluff, and he climbs out of the boat and starts heading to Jesus. His eyes are fixed on Christ.

And, then, he realizes where he is at, loses his focus and begins to sink.

Peter cries out – Lord, save me.

“Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?’”

Matthew 14:31

Isn’t that us? Don’t we get amped up, jump out of the boat and walk towards Jesus, and then along the way, we lose our focus?

It’s happened to all of us. You might be feeling that right now.

Jesus tells us to take courage, why do you doubt?

We doubt because we are scared. Jesus is there to save you, just like He saved Peter.

You may not be walking on water like Peter, but you might be wading through a trial or tribulation, and it’s getting you down.

Maybe you are exhausted and need rest?

Whatever you are experiencing, God wants you to know that you are not alone.

So, take courage my friend.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for saving me. Thank you for coming to my rescue when I have lost my way or running in circles. Please give me strength and rest, and guide me in Your ways. Amen!

I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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