Thursday, August 22, 2013
Matthew 14:25-33 - is the story of Peter walking on water but it's much more than that - Jesus demonstrates His power over the laws of nature when He fed the five thousand and walked on water. "Come on" is the invitation. How many of us would have accepted that invitation? Peter didn't have to be told twice. It's not every day that you walk on water through waves that are taller than you are...
The disciples question - What hope do we have of surviving a stormy night? My question - Where is God when His world is stormy?
Doubtstorms: turbulent days when the enemy is too big, the task too great, the future too bleak, and the answers too few.
Every so often a storm will come and I'll look up into the blackening sky and say, "God, a little light, please?"
The light came for the disciples. A figure came to them walking on the water. It wasn't what they expected. Perhaps they were looking for angels to descend or heaven to open. Maybe they were listening for a divine proclamation to still the storm. We don't know what they were looking for. But one thing is for sure, they weren't looking for Jesus to come walking on the water.. and since Jesus came in a way they didn't expect, they almost missed seeing the answer to their prayers.
Unless we look, and listen closely, we risk making the same mistake. God's lights in our dark nights are as numerous as the stars, if we'll only look for them.
"When Jesus comes," the disciples in the boat may have thought, "He'll split the sky. The sea will be calm. The clouds will disperse."
"When God comes," we doubters think, "all pain will flee. Life will be tranquil. No questions will remain."
And because we look for the bonfire, we miss the candle. Because we listen for the shout, we miss the whisper.
But it is in the burnished candles that God comes, and through whispered promises He speaks: "When you doubt, look around; I am closer than you think."
God loves you. Personally. Powerfully. Passionately. Others have promised and failed.
Each time a write this blog, sometimes I wonder - "what will I write?" Other times I have something plan and God says share this today. Today is one of those days I felt like God wanted me to share this with you instead of what I had planned. I don't know who this is for but somebody need to know how much God loves them - He truly loves you. Call out to Him today and He will answer, you will feel His presence.
This was my devotional today from Max Lucado's Devotional Bible. One of my favorite's!!
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