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Throwback Thursday: The Other Side

THE OTHER SIDE

 

And when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him,

He gave a command to depart to the other side. –Matt. 8:18

 

After much time with the multitudes, healing the sick, Jesus commanded the disciples to cross the Sea of Galilee to the other side. This account continues in verse 23, as they get into the boat. Suddenly, a great storm arose. Storms are common on the Sea of Galilee. Most of the disciples were fishermen, and they were accustomed to storms. However, this storm frightened them greatly as the boat began to take on water.

Jesus, fully man and fully God, was tired, and He was sleeping. The cries of the disciples awoke Him, and He calmed the storm.

Why did Jesus command them to cross over with a storm in their path? He is omniscient – knowing all things. Why does He allow storms into our lives?

Obviously, the disciples needed stronger faith. In Matthew 8:26, Jesus said, “Why are you fearful, O you of Little faith?” The same question could be asked of us. Why are we fearful? Jesus Christ is with each of us just as He was in that boat with the disciples.

The disciples had been with Jesus witnessing many miracles. Yet, they were amazed when He calmed the winds and waves. Perhaps, they realized that only the Creator could control the creation.

History tells us that each one of the disciples was severely persecuted. As they faced their enemies, surely they remembered that stormy night. They remembered that they were not alone for Jesus was with them. They remembered His power and His miracles. The same is true for believers today. We can look back to times that Jesus has brought us through the stormy nights, and that reminder will calm our fears.

Jesus will allow storms to cross our paths. Do not fear, He is right there in the storm with us, and we will make it safely to the other side.

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.

 

Why Are You Fearful

WHY ARE YOU FEARFUL

 

But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.   –Matt. 8:26

 

Jesus answered His own question. The reason the disciples were afraid during a storm on the Sea of Galilee is the same reason we are fearful. We lack faith. However, Scripture gives us many reasons why we should not fear.

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Is. 41:10). In Deuteronomy 31:8, we are reminded of God’s promises to never leave us nor forsake us along with a command to not fear. Jesus explained that we should not fear man, but we should fear God because He alone destroys body and soul. Jesus said that a sparrow does not fall apart from the Father’s will. “Do not fear therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matt. 10:31).

These verses show that God is always with us. He will never leave our side. He is our strength and our help. He is our God and He will uphold us for He values us dearly. We must believe these truths and cling to them when our storms come. They will calm our fears about our future and this country’s future. They will silence the fears about health, money, and jobs. They will soothe fears about our children and families. Our fears shall be as calm as the winds and the sea. We must condition ourselves to trust God more today than yesterday, and tomorrow we will trust Him even more.

“Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be moved, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;” (Ps. 46:2). With God, there is no room for fear.

 

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.

 

Dear Friend,

During the next few months, I will be posting more of my older devotionals. I feel it is the best way to keep content on here and continue to work on my next book. I am also busy with a speaking coach, writing a chapter for a book about guide dogs, plus Encouragement Café. Sure, I would love to rewrite some of these posts, but the biblical content is still true. Thank you for understanding, and please leave a comment to let me know what topics you are interested in reading. Not all posts will be from the archives, so please don’t stop following. Thanks, and God bless.

Carolyn