Barbara's Plan Dec 15, 2017 12:25:22 GMT -5
Post by fearnot on Dec 15, 2017 12:25:22 GMT -5
John ch. 6
Jesus Walks on the Water
16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake,
v. 17 "where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them".
Sometimes in life it 'feels' like my Lord is not with me, but I know that is a lie. Some of the time it feels that way, is because Lord Jesus is not doing what I want Him to do...and so my sin and sometimes even the enemy conspire together with dark thoughts, like: He has left you....a lie but I am thankfully getting wiser to the lies and also to the Truth.
v.18 "A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough".
In my life and really almost everybody, there comes strong winds of adversity and life gets tough and even tougher...nobody really ( at least not at first) looks forward to these winds of hard times...but I know they can make my faith stronger, and I can't wait to see what the Lord will do either with the situation or in building my faith etc.
v.19 "When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened".
So just like adversity does not look like a positive, sometimes we ( I) don't even recognize Lord Jesus Christ, in it....but again, I am beginning to know, He is there, even if I can't make Him out clearly at first....that is part of building my faith.....because here He comes and even his disciples don't recognize Him at first....but it is He.
v.20 "But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.”
This is a verse for me.......don't be afraid ( the reason I choose 'fearnot')....even if I don't understand why something is happening, I can say...'fear not.....don't be afraid'.
21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.
22 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore of the lake realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples, but that they had gone away alone.
23 Then some boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks.
24 Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus.
They searched for Jesus but for the wrong reasons. I want to 'search' for Jesus for the right reasons....this Bible study you have provided helps me so much to stay on the right, narrow path, because as a 'sheep' it is so easy to wander off, and not even be aware of it sometimes, until 'fear' of being lost again hits.
so it's much better to stay ( in the Bible) close to Lord Jesus ( and in prayer too).