Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid
At times I can identify with the Psalmist that says “For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from common human burdens; they are not plagued by human ills.” (Ps 73:3-5)
Then God reminds me of the numerous riches I have in Him. His Grace. His Peace. His Favour. His Power. His Love….even when I forget.
How can I forget you may ask? Because of the cares and the worries of the day forcing my eyes away from Jesus…while fear sets in.
And all that Jesus wants us to do is ‘look!’ Look to Him that is the only one that makes the impossible, possible and takes away the fear. “Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” (Heb 12:2)
God has said “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you”, so we say with confidence “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?” (Heb 13:5+6).
Then I see the first part of verse 5 …”Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have…” and only then do I start understanding the full meaning of Jesus saying to the disciples
“Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” (Mark 6:50)
…as He climbs into ‘my boat’ and my mind stops – unable to take it all in – and with my eyes fixed on Jesus I hear Him say “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest for your souls.” (Matt 11:28)
Take courage my friend, and don’t be afraid. God is with you.