Recently we have learned how quickly life can change. One day, we are free to do the things we enjoy and the next, we can’t due to the coronavirus. The disciples of Jesus also learned how quickly things can change.
One day, everything was peaceful as they watched Jesus feed the hungry multitude with five loaves and two fishes. But that night, they encountered a terrible storm on the Sea of Galilee.
In the midst of the storm, Jesus came walking on the water, which was their source of fear, climbed into the boat, and the waves ceased. His words to them recorded in Mark 6:50 were, “Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.” With those 10 simple words, He addressed their fear, faith and future.
From the words “be of good cheer,” Jesus addressed their future. When He came to them, they were certain their lives were over, the ship was going down, and they were going to die. Yet, before Jesus came, He had let them know that He had a plan for their future and told them in verse 45 to “get into the ship and go to the other side.”
From the words “it is I,” Jesus addressed their faith. They had placed their faith and trust in Him when called to follow. They had heard Him teach, watched Him perform miracles, and in the storm wondered if they had believed in the right person.
Jesus is stating He is the Great I AM and He is omnipotent, or all-powerful, omnipresent, or all-present, and omniscient, or all-perceiving. We need to remember that the Great I AM still Is!
From the words “be not afraid,” Jesus addressed their fear telling us that storms are under His control, part of His plan for our lives, and for a limited time.
This pandemic is for a limited time, part of His plan for our lives, and He is in control. Yet we still have questions. Will we escape disease and health issues? Will families survive the pressures of life? Will those we love be all right? Will we have enough resources for the future?
These are questions only God can answer and He did, when He said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Things will get back to normal. We will once again enjoy eating out, going to church, and hugging our loved ones. Like the disciples, the lessons we learn are there is peace in the midst of the storm and through it all we will hold to that “unseen hand” and know that He is the Master of the sea.
Hobbie McCreary is pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Johnson City.