From the archives of Oral RobertsSecond of three parts

When Jesus called His disciples to launch out and go to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, the Bible says that Jesus “went into a ship with his disciples” (Luke 8:22).

Jesus never intended for His disciples ― or for us ― to launch out alone. He’s in the ship with us!

When I was a young preacher, I was driving my car through Mississippi one night and the roads were icy with what we call “black ice” ― the kind you cannot see. I lost control of my car as I was crossing a long bridge. The car whirled completely around and began sliding in the opposite direction for over a quarter of a mile. I was completely disoriented and had no control over the car, but when it stopped, I got out and found that not only was I not hurt, but the car didn’t even have a scratch on it. I drove slowly back down the road to a country store I had passed. When I went in and told the men gathered there what had happened, one old farmer stood up and put his hand on my shoulder and said, “Son, I don’t know who you are, but I know one thing, God ain’t through with you yet!”

I knew without any doubt that the Lord was in the car with me that night. He was in “my boat.” And when the Lord is in your boat, He’s not only in charge of the ship, but He’s in charge of the crossing!

Whatever it is that the Lord is calling you to do, you can know with a certainty in your heart today that He will be with you through it all. The Bible gives us these words of Jesus, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee (Hebrews 13:5). If you allow Him to be, Jesus will be in your boat with you.

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