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Don’t Believe in Ghosts!

By Curt Garrett

Verses To Read:

“But when they saw him walking on the water, they cried out in terror, thinking he was a ghost. They were all terrified when they saw him. But Jesus spoke to them at once. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ he said. ‘Take courage! I am here!’”

Wow! Let’s put some thought to that. Have you ever seen a ghost? Neither have I. Now, some people may have ghost stories, but I can only imagine that is exactly what they are: stories. In this scripture today we find the disciples out on a lake and struggling for their lives in the middle of a bad storm. But they’re supposed to have no fear, right? Jesus sees them, and He’s coming to help. However, as soon as He approaches walking on water, their first thought is, “this must be a ghost!”

I would be willing to bet anything that the disciples never had seen a ghost either. Now, don’t get me wrong; these boys have seen Jesus cast out demons on many occasions. They know demons are real and have seen what that looks like, but they didn’t say they thought they saw a demon. They said it was a ghost (think Patrick Swayze in the movie of the same name). When I first read this, I laughed and thought, these guys hang out with Jesus every day! He does miracles and extraordinary things every single day! Extraordinary should be ordinary for these guys at this point! Right?

Why would they not just know this is Jesus? I couldn’t help but laugh until I realized this is the same thing you and I do all the time. We have seen Jesus work in our lives. We have seen Him show up in the most difficult of times. 

I’m sure we can all recall multiple times when He has come to our rescue. We know He is always with us, and we know He is our anchor in every storm. We know all of this, but why is it so often that Jesus is the last thing we think of when life starts to turn wrong or get difficult?

Sometimes it seems like believing in ghosts is a better option than believing in Jesus. It can seem like a better idea to get advice from other sources before turning to the Word of God. It can be easier to panic and try to borrow money for an unexpected bill before praying and asking God for help or for wisdom. It’s even easier to believe the worst instead of casting all your fears, cares, and worries on Christ. Do you believe in ghosts? I don’t either. But Jesus says, “Don’t be afraid, take courage! I am here!”. And that, I do believe.

Try instead to make a choice today to turn to Jesus FIRST. Believe His Word first. Whatever storm you’re struggling through, whatever problem, fear, or worry is weighing you down, decide right now that Jesus is the answer and not a last-ditch option. Take your problem to Him and stand on His Word. Don’t be afraid! Take courage! He is with you.

Questions To Consider:

1.  What are some of the things you look to more readily for comfort and solutions than looking to Jesus?

2. In what ways can you adjust your thoughts and actions to make it more of a habit of going to God when you need help?

Prayer to Pray:

I would like to pray for you today: Jesus, I thank you that you see us in the middle of our storms. I thank you that your Word promises us you will never leave us or forsake us. Today, I pray that as each reader thinks about this scripture, that you will renew their faith in you, to believe that you are the best option, the first option, and the only option for their lives! We give our fear, doubt, and worry to you today, Jesus. We choose to take courage, stand in faith, and know that you are right here in the middle of the storm with us. Thank you for renewing our faith in you today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.