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Today’s Truth

“I will never leave you nor forsake you"

(Hebrews 13:5 NKJV)

Friend to Friend

She was among an eager group of four-year-old children crowded around my feet as I taught their Sunday school lesson. I was the teacher and they were the students—or at least that’s how it started out. The pint-sized audience listened intently as I tried to create a mental image of Jesus and His disciples trapped in a thunderstorm on the Sea of Galilee.

“The winds bleeeeeeew and rocked the little boat back and forth, back and forth. The waves were soooooo big; they splashed over the wooden sides and got the men all wet. Then water started filling up the boat—and do you know what happens when a boat gets full of water?”

“It sinks,” they chimed together.

“That’s right.” I continued with a wrinkled brow and concerned look on my face.

“That’s not all. The lightening was sooooo bright; it looked like fire in the sky. And the claps of thunder were sooooo loud; they could feel it vibrate in their chests.”

After painting this picture of impending doom and thinking I would have my “congregation” just a little worried about the fate of these men trapped in a storm, I asked the question. “Now if you were in a tiny boat like this, caught in a terrible storm like this, would you be afraid?”

Then one precious little girl, confident and unshaken by the entire scenario, shrugged her shoulders and replied, “Not if Jesus was in the boat with me.”

I will never forget that answer. As her words have echoed in my mind, I’ve come to realize that this is the answer that calms all our worries and fears. Just as the disciples had the storm raging all around them, many times the storms of life have raged around us. A friend discovers she has cancer, a husband loses his job, a child is born with birth defects.

These are storms with waves of emotions so high that our lifeboat fills with tears and appears that it could sink at any moment. Waves of fear rock our boat and threaten to spill us into the depths of despair without even a life jacket to keep us afloat.

“Tell me, would you be afraid?”

“Not if Jesus was in the boat with me.”

And guess what? He is. God said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you,” (Hebrews 13:5 NKJV). Jesus said, “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age,” (Matthew 28:20). Although the storm may be fierce, you don’t need to be afraid, because Jesus is in the boat with you. His power can calm the storm you’re in and calm the storm in you. So, hang on to Him and He’ll pull you through.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, I am so glad that You are always in the boat with me. When I feel like I’m sinking, You’re in the boat with me. When the sail is full and I’m gliding along peaceful seas, You are with me. No matter what, no matter where, You are there by my side…and I praise You.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Think back on the most difficult situation you’ve ever experienced. Now close your eyes and picture Jesus standing right beside you. He was, you know.

Is there someone in your life who is experiencing a terrifying storm in her life?

Perhaps today would be a great day to write her a note of encouragement. You might even want to consider sending this devotion to her as a way of reminding her that Jesus is going through this storm with her. She is not alone.

What is your favorite verse that reminds you of God’s promises during the storms of life? Click on comment and share.

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8 Responses to “What if Jesus were in the Boat with You?”

  1. Carol says:

    This is my go to verse, Jer. 29:11…For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

  2. Debbie says:

    When I was 26, I had moved back home. I had nothing, barely a mustard seed of faith. God blessed me with a dream when I needed it most. In the dream, Jesus was walking with me and He said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5) I had never heard that verse before! I didn’t even know it was in the Bible! God blessed me with His peace that all would turn out all right. That was 42 years ago but I remember it like yesterday.

  3. Cathy says:

    When I closed my eyes, flashbacks flooded my memory of all of the times I was certain Jesus was “in the boat with me”! I was that person who heard the word cancer and He never left my side through it all, including the tons of all other times my memory recalled! He is so faithful and gives me strength daily. I could never do it without Him!

  4. Sheila says:

    As I reflect over my life, a can recall so many times when Jesus was there to see me through. Whether it was divorce, single parenting, loss o loved ones or health scares, he was my light in the darkness.

  5. Brenda Eller says:

    Jesus has been in the boat with me through a lot of life disappointments. Divorce after 25 year of marriage. Surgeries, jobs that were unbearable, losses of loved ones. Times I didn’t feel his presence, but he was there. Other times I knew he was in the boat directing me. My favorite verse through it all “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and he will direct your path.” The secret is to keep Jesus in the boat and the world out. If you let the world in you will drown. Keep your eyes on Jesus and what he did at the cross for you and your boat will never sink. Praise the Lord!

  6. Debbie says:

    I recently went through treatment for breast cancer. The verse that kept me afloat in the storm is Isaiah 41:10 … “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
    What a good good Father.

  7. sly says:

    around or time last year towards end of the month I had to get my first of two surgeries done bc the first one they had to more than they originally had to do) had my 2nd surgery middle of dec (my “great grams” bd). and now knock on wood after few months after that I had to get a fake body part replaced so that it looked normal to everyone else minus those who knew the situation….. BUT thank the lord, so far I am like my old self. )minus the body part)
    … psalm 46:10 be still and know I am god. and also a verse that my pastor had also mentioned was phil 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. …..=

  8. Marcy says:

    Psalms 91, 46, and 18. Hebrews 12:1-3. Jesus has never failed to be closest during the worst of times.

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