In a Storm, You Need 'I Am'
“When they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” (Mark 6:49-50, NIV)
It’s only in the storms of life that you learn what Jesus is really like. You see that he’s not a mere man. He’s not just a nice teacher or an ethical leader. He is God, the Creator of the universe.
In Mark 6, Jesus noticed the disciples were in distress. They were in the middle of a lake, where the wind and waves were pounding their boat and keeping them from making any progress. And so Jesus walked out to them on the water. “When they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid’” (Mark 6:49-50 NIV).
The disciples still had some nagging doubts -- maybe Jesus was just a nice prophet who could do some miracles. But by walking on water, Jesus revealed he was far more than just a man. He showed them he was God.
He also gave them a challenge: “Don’t be afraid.” And he reassured them: “It is I.”
In Greek, the language this part of the Bible was originally written in, the phrase “It is I” is actually two words: ego ima. Ego ima simply means “I Am.” Why is that important?
The name of God is “I Am” -- not “I was” or “I will be” or “I hope to be.” When Jesus says, “I Am,” he is saying that you don’t need to be afraid. You don’t need to sweat it. He is God. And that is enough.
If you’re going through a storm, you don’t need a job -- you need Jesus. You don’t need a plan -- you need a person. You don’t need a system -- you need a Savior. You don’t need a new goal -- you need God.
When you’re going through a storm, remember that God is not distant, apathetic, or uninvolved. He is “I Am.” And he will get you through the storm.
Talk It Over
What or who do you usually look to save you in a storm? What keeps you from looking to God?
The name of God is “I Am” -- not “I was” or “I will be” or “I hope to be.” What does that mean for you today?
What do you need from God to get through your storm? Talk to him about it, and then watch for him to provide at just the right time.
This devotional © 2021 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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