"He sent from on high, He took me; He drew me out of many waters. He rescued me from my strong enemy"
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Fear not, for I AM
It was the fourth watch of that fateful night, the proverbial eleventh hour, sometime between three and six AM...the darkest time, the do or die time, right before dawn. The disciples had been battling a behemoth of a storm that must have felt like all hell had been hurled against them.
They were beyond exhaustion, terror-stricken, utterly spent, beyond hope...
...Or so they surmised.....
Jesus was fast approaching, with the fear that was buffeting his beloved under His feet.
The oft mistranslated moment of Truth came as He drew near: It wasn't the quieting of the chaos outside; it wasn't Peter's walk out onto the waves; It wasn't the rescue of this impulsive disciple from drowning. The moment we miss surfaces when Jesus first comes on the scene; it was the Word He wielded, the signet ring of His Sonship that He spoke sternly to the tempest strangling their hearts:
Take Courage! I AM. Don't be afraid.
And with that annunciation, the storm was settled.
"Fear not, for I AM with you; be not dismayed, for I AM your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."
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