When You're Hoping For A Miracle

When You're Hoping For A Miracle

DAY 13 OF 17

You Don’t Need a Plan, You Need ‘I Am’ You only learn what Jesus is really like in the storms of life. You see that He’s not a mere man. He’s not just a nice teacher. He’s not an ethical leader. He is God, the Creator of the universe. In Mark 6, Jesus noticed the disciples were in distress in the middle of a lake as the wind and waves pounded their boat and kept them from making any progress. And so Jesus walked out to them on the water. Verses 49 and 50 say, “When they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid” (NIV). The disciples had doubted and thought that Jesus was maybe just a nice prophet who could do some miracles. By walking on water, Jesus revealed that He’s far more than a man. He was showing that He’s God. He also gave them a challenge (“Don’t be afraid) and a reassurance. He said, “It is I.” In the Greek this phrase is actually two words: Ego ima. And ego ima simply means “I Am.” What does that mean? “I Am” is the name of God — not “I was” or “I will be” or “I hope to be.” When Jesus says, “I Am,” He is saying you don’t need to be afraid. You don’t need to sweat it. He is God. And that is enough. If you’re going through a storm right now, you don’t need a job — you need Jesus. You don’t need a plan; you need a person. You don’t need a system; you need a Savior. You don’t need a new goal; you need God. When you’re going through a storm, remember that God is not distant, apathetic, or uninvolved. He is “I Am.” And He will get you through the storm. This devotional © 2014 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


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When You're Hoping For A Miracle

You can live for weeks without food, days without water, and seconds without air. But you cannot live without hope! In this series, Pastor Rick shares how the hope of Jesus’ Resurrection means God is still able to do a m...

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