It is I, do not be afraid.

In John 6, we see Jesus take 5 small barley loaves and 2 small fishes and multiply them to feed five thousand men, not counting women and children. Jesus then goes up on the mountain to be by himself and pray. The disciples get in a boat to cross the lake when the storm hits. They are rowing in vain. The wind is too strong. The storm is all they see. They are terrified until they see Jesus walking on the water to them. Jesus says something to them that He has said countless times to us, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” In the midst of the storm, In a circumstance that only He can calm, In the heart that only He can change, In the midst of watching a loved one die, I have heard Him say, “It is I, don’t be afraid”. The next verse says, “they were willing to take Him into the boat”. Are we willing to let Jesus into our circumstances so He can do the work that we can’t? Are we willing to lay down a love one at the foot of the cross, so He can change their heart? When the storms of life are raging all around us, are we willing to let Him into that storm to calm it? When life is slipping away, and death is certain, are we willing to let Jesus be Lord of the situation? The sweetest words I have ever heard, when I am trying everything I know to do to make the situation work in my own strength, is “It is I, don’t be afraid”. If you are in the midst of a storm or circumstance that you are tired of the fight, lay it at the feet of Jesus. He will work it all out for your good and His glory.

I am reminded of the old song, Give them all to Jesus:

Give them all, give them all, give them all to Jesus

Shattered dreams, wounded hearts, broken toys

Give them all, give them all, give them all to Jesus

He will turn your sorrows into joy.

Thank You Jesus for always saying, “It is I, do not be afraid”


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