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Encouagement for the Day: VI

22 Aug

 

Matthew 14:22-33,

 22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Points To Ponder:

1.  Here we find the disciples in a great difficulty.  They are in a boat, a long way from land, the waves are beating against their boat, and the wind is fighting against the direction they were trying to go.  Are you in a situation like the disciples?  Is life beating you up?  Do you feel like everything is coming against you?

2.  Even Christians experience difficulties.  Our hope is that when we need Jesus most, He is there.  At the very point where the disciples were in the most trouble they looked out and there was Christ.  In the midst of your struggles have you started to look for Christ?

3.  At first they were afraid because they didn’t understand what Christ was doing.  Like them, we will probably not understand why Christ does what He does in our lives.  Jesus tells the disciples to take heart.  Basically, Jesus tells them to trust Him.  Jesus is calling for us to place our trust in Him, even when we don’t understand what He is doing.  Are you ready to trust Him?

4.  Peter calls to Jesus as a sign of faith and Jesus tells him to get out of the boat and come.  Peter gets out on the water.  This was a bold move by Peter, but then he takes his focus off of Christ and starts to worry about the waves and the wind once again.  We have a choice to make when we chose to trust Christ.  We can worry about all the junk or we can live with our focus on Jesus.  Which will you chose?

5.  When Peter started to sink, he called to Christ for help.  Jesus rescued Peter.  Do you realize that Jesus is ready to rescue you?  Will you call out to Jesus?  When they got back into the boat the wind and waves stopped.  The disciples worshipped Jesus.  Who is Jesus to you?  Will you worship Him as Lord?

Song of Response: Be Thou My Vision

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Posted by on August 22, 2007 in Devotional

 

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