Many of us have been caught in the middle of a workout, wondering if we can finish it. In those moments, our muscles burn, our breathing becomes heavier, and we consider giving up. But, often its a voice next to us or within us telling us to keep going. Quitting is not an option for competitors.
- When have you experienced a time like this in a workout?
- What helped you keep going?
Long ago, the disciples found themselves on the Sea of Galilee in the middle of the night during a treacherous storm. The situation was terrifying and nobody on the boat knew what would happen next. Life can put us into a place like this very quickly. Storms thrash us like the waves that beat against the disciples’ boat. We might wonder like the disciples did, where is Jesus?
When we accept Christ, it does not mean life will be easy. But it is our strength in Christ that helps us get through tumultuous storms. Much like that voice we need to hear in the middle of a workout, the disciples heard a voice of courage in the middle of the storm.
After witnessing the saving power of Jesus He spoke words that brought immediate comfort and strength: “Take courage. It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
- “Take courage.” Our new life in Christ does not remove danger. He gives us courage to stand in the face of persecution, temptation, and fear.
- “It is I.” The reason we have this new life of courage is not because we are better people. It is because Jesus is present as our Lord and Savior.
- “Don’t be afraid.” As we grow in our new life with Christ we begin to realize our circumstances are not the enemy. Fear is the enemy. With the presence of Jesus we can stand courageously in the face of fear.
Jesus came into the boat and the storm ceased. When our storms rise we must not attempt to fix the problem with our own power but look toward Christ. Walk where He commands, and invite Him into the boat.
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. – Psalm 23
- What are the greatest storms you have experienced in life so far? Which ones are you still facing?
- How does this story encourage you to keep moving forward?
- Memorize the words of Jesus in this story and speak them into your heart before, during, and after your next workout. Ask for God to make this practice part of your daily life.