Mark Day 18
But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” Mark 6:50
There was fear in the dark until there was faith in the boat. That’s how it is. And Jesus says, “Take heart, it is I. Do not be afraid.” Do you know what that statement means? It means “Be cheerful” Jesus is here. Once fear gets started it burns like a wildfire and is hard to stop. If you want to conquer fear, be glad Jesus is here to get in the boat; it will change everything for everyone concerned. Fear and faith both grow in a crowd or a group. And fear, it we let it burn and grow, will make us fearful of the power of heaven as much as the peril of hell. Be cheerful, Jesus is here. The disciples who are operating from a boat on the lake in the dark during a storm making painful headway, and they are afraid of Jesus. Jesus comes walking over the very thing threatening to take them under. But it is hard to recognize Jesus when our hearts are full of fear. Hear His voice, let Him into your boat and just be glad He is here. Joy is a demonstration of faith. It really is, there are so many things to be afraid of in this life but when we let Jesus get in the boat there can be the joyful peace and pleasure of faith. We feel according to the way we think. That happens personally and that happens in a crowd. Take heart, be cheerful, Jesus is here. Watch Him calm the storms of life. There will be fear in this life until there is faith for this life.