Thursday, March 26, 2009

"...they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid." Jn 6:19

It was a sad day when the disciples saw their blessed Lord coming to their aid, and fears were raised in their hearts and minds. They had been sent out by the Lord to cross to the other side, and in the middle of the sea; in the middle of the night, when they had gotten to where there was no sight of land where they came from or where they were going, he came to them. These twenty five or thirty furlongs would have been around 3 1/2 miles into the sea in a storm, on a clear day you can only see about 4 miles from land. The disciples were not rebuked for their lack of faith on this occasion however, but they did learn an important lesson; and became a wonderful type for us. How true it is that we so often get sent out on a mission from the Lord that seems rather reasonable, but once we get to the point of no return the sea begins to swell and hope begins to fade. We will typically find that when we get this far out on the limb as it were, that is when the Lord himself will step in to come to our aid and rescue. Lord help us that we will not do as is so common; just as the disciples grew fearful, often times we do as well, when the Lord shows up on the scene after a season of trouble. When he shows up we can be sure that what we have been striving for for so long is just at hand. Many times I fear that when we see him though, we tend to pull back, rather than rejoice that our help has arrived. Have you prayed for something? When it happens don't fear, keep your eyes on the goal. The devil is the one who tries to get us to fear the coming of our Lord. Remember he is coming as our help, not our adversary, so allow him to work.

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