Thought for Today: Is Jesus in the boat?

Allowing fear to cloud your thoughts will lessen your effectiveness as a leader.  When you choose to accept the Lord’s helping hand, there is no need to fear.—“Lead Like Jesus Devotional” October 2, 2009

After a long day of ministry, Jesus encouraged his disciples to climb into a boat and cross the Sea of Galilee. On the trip, Jesus curled up on a pillow and fell fast asleep. Meanwhile a nasty squall blew up on the sea and the waves began to swamp the boat. The disciples began to panic even though many of them were accomplished sailors and fishermen.

The disciples shook Jesus and startled him to wake up shouting above the storm, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” Jesus got up, looked around, and commanded the winds and waves to cease. Suddenly the sea was as calm as a sheet of glass. Then He turned and said, “Where is your faith?”

The simple, yet profound moral to the story is: When Jesus is in the boat you have nothing to fear! Jesus promised to never leave or forsake us, so in a true sense, He is always in the boat with us.

Fear has a cruel way of gripping us and taking our eyes off Jesus. Fear thrives when we look at the circumstances around us and forget who is on board with us.

When fear sneaks up on me, and keeps me awake in the watches of the night. I cling to the simple words of the Psalmist.

3 When I am afraid,
I will trust in you. Psalms 56:3 (NIV)

The next time fear knocks on the door of your heart, let Jesus answer the door!

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