Don’t Be Afraid!

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 6:45-52

When they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out, for they all saw him and were terrified. (vv. 49-50)

The word that catches my attention in these verses is the word “terrified.” It was late at night, and the disciples were in trouble. A storm had come up suddenly, taking the disciples by surprise. Who wouldn’t be terrified? And if that wasn’t bad enough, through the darkness they see a figure walking on the water. What in the world? Was it a ghost? So they cried out—who wouldn’t?

We live in times when people seem to have a great deal of fear. As I write this, another act of terror has been carried out at a jam-packed arena in Manchester, England. It’s gotten to the point where terrorism has become so common that it happens almost weekly.

These terrorist acts are planned to scare people—plain and simple. And it is not difficult to get caught up in the fear and panic of these horrifying attacks on innocent people. But one thing is sure: these terrible occurrences do not go unnoticed by Jesus. As he sees his friends struggling in the middle of a storm, so he sees us in our time of need. He comes to us with the words “Do not be afraid.” And when he arrives, the storm dies down and there is a peace that only he can give.

—John Koedyker

Prayer: Help us, Lord, in this terrifying world, look to you to experience your presence and peace. Amen.