Wednesday, April 11, 2007
It’s Not Over Yet
Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
Are you discouraged today? Are you afraid of an uncertain future? The Bible tells the story of a time when Jesus’ disciples were not only discouraged, but they were afraid for their very lives.
Jesus had told them to get into a boat and go over to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, and they obeyed. But when they were a considerable distance from land, a fierce storm arose that terrified them. Jesus, who had been on a mountain praying, went to meet the disciples, walking on the water. Thinking He was a ghost, the disciples cried out in fear. So Jesus immediately told them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid” (Matthew 14:27).
There are two simple reasons the disciples didn’t have to be afraid: First, Jesus would help them weather the storm. And second, He had told them to go to the other side, which meant that they would reach the other side.
Jesus knows where you are at this very moment. He knows what you are experiencing. He is telling you to be courageous, because He is with you and there is a brighter tomorrow for you. Even if you have failed, even if you have made a mistake, it isn’t over. You can still learn from that mistake and get out of the situation you are in.
God has a future for each of us. Jeremiah 29:11, one of my all-time favorite verses, says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” God will complete the work He has begun in your life.
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