In today’s section of Mark, Jesus sends out the twelve disciples on their first missionary journey, and performs several miracles. These miracles include feeding 5000, walking on water, and healing people.
After feeding the 5000, Jesus sent the disciples across the Sea of Galilee ahead of him. He went up into the hills in order to spend some time praying. After several hours, in the early morning, a storm come up on them yet again (Matthew 14:24). The disciples became worried then they say a figure in the night walking on the water. Jesus said to them, “Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid” (Mark 6:50 NASB). The account given in Matthew goes on to show that Peter also gets out of the boat and begins to walk on the water. Once Peter looks down, he gets scared and begins to sink (Matthew 14:29-30).
As I said a few days ago, when life gets rough we have to trust in Jesus (Be Still). However, today’s section takes it a little bit farther. Jesus tells us to have courage. Paul shares in his letter to the Philippians “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 NKJV). Christ gives us the ability to overcome the challenges of the world. With the courage that Christ gives us, Peter was able to walk on the water. Peter was completely human, and yet he was able to do something supernatural because he believed that Jesus would give him the power to do it. Its not that we get superpowers, but we can overcome the odds by believing in Christ. He gives us strength, that we can take courage and do what God has called us to do.
So my encouragement for you today is to stand firm in your belief and have courage. Jesus has overcome the world (John 16:33 NASB), therefore we believe in a God that can overcome anything. So be strong and take courage for God is on your side!