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Even though Jesus was on board, the disciples forgot Him when the storm came and waves were high. And that is still possible today. We can have a relationship with Jesus and still not depend upon Him for all things. The disciples had a relationship with Jesus. They walked together, talked together, prayed together, worked together. They were very close to Jesus. But there were times when they demonstrated that in spite of their close relationship with Jesus, they still did not depend upon Him all the time.
But Jesus stayed with them. He was patient with them and encouraged them to trust in Him. And the time came when these same fearful disciples could fearlessly face boiling caldrons of oil, the sword, the flames, or crucifixion upside down; for they had learned the lessons of faith and trust Jesus had tried to teach them. The love of Jesus drives out fear and makes the difference - for "perfect love casts out fear" (1 John 4:18).
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