Journey to the Cross
Thursday, February 18
Tony Bachmeier, member of RPC since 1997
Take courage, it is I. Don't be afraid. - Matthew 14:27
In thinking about this Lenten season and preparing for this Devotional on Jesus' life and sacrifice, several topics crossed my mind: Jesus' dedication to his Father, his conviction, his compassion, his unwavering Grace, and many, many more amazing qualities. When I quieted my mind, cleared the distractions, and prayed about what words to write, Jesus' courage was what kept coming back for my devotional.
Why? Probably because this is where I need Jesus the most and rely on him to provide courage in my life. I lead a blessed life, no doubt and one that I am grateful to be enjoying. With an amazing family, friends, Church, and all that living in Roswell provides, one should ask why courage would be important to me as I reflect on Jesus' life and his journey to the cross.
Jesus' courage is important to me because I lean on that courage each and every day not to worry about the things of this world and providing for my family. I am amazed at how he knew and understood his destination, did not worry about the path to that destination, and stayed laser focused on his true mission in light of all those who stood in his way and questioned his methods.
He challenges me to have courage, keep on the right path, and lean on him to provide the right direction in my life. One passage which humbles me and rights my direction is Matthew 14:22-23 - the story of Jesus and his disciples in a boat when the rough storm came upon them. His words in verse 27 of "Take courage, it is I. Don't be afraid", comfort me when I need his courage when life's storms wash upon me. His words in verse 31 challenge me when I doubt the path, "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?"
Dear Lord, I know you are with me through the storms of life and thank you for the courage to continue to follow and trust you. Thank you for all of the blessings you have bestowed on me and my family. In your name I pray, Amen