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You Men of Little Faith

August 31, 2018

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You Men of Little Faith

A favorite Bible account  that reminds us  of the frailness and fickleness  of our humanity  is found  in Matthew 8:23-27,

And when He  [Jesus]  got into the boat,  His disciples followed Him.    And behold,  there arose a great storm  in the sea,  so that the boat  was covered  with the waves;  but He Himself  was asleep.

And they came to Him,  and awoke Him,  saying,  “Save us, Lord;  we are perishing!

And He said to them, “Why are you timid,  you men  of little faith?”     Then He arose,  and rebuked the winds and the sea;  and it became perfectly calm.

And the men marveled, saying,  “What kind of a man is this,  that even the winds  and the sea  obey Him?”

It doesn’t matter what kind  of storms we face  in this life.     We seem  to always be perishing  in some sort of problem  or another.     There are so many things  in this world  that evidently can ruin us  or lead us  into death.     So,  we are filled  with fear,  dread,  and timidity.     We realize  that we are weak and helpless  in the situation being faced.

In the midst  of a furious storm  that is filling the boat  with water,  Jesus asks,  Why are you timid,  you men of little faith?”     We might tend  to desperately say,  “Duh!!!     We are sinking!     We are going to drown  and there isn’t a thing  we can do about it.”

Feeling hopeless,  we forget the love,  power,  and nearness  of our Lord and Savior.     God is always near  and always knows  our every thought  and feeling.     God’s power is everlasting  and will never diminish.     He always has been  Lord over all  and always will be  Lord over all.     But,  what about His love  for us?     God is love  and 1 Corinthians 13:8  reminds us,  “Love never fails.”

As we still tremble,  2 Timothy 2:13  assures us,  “If we are faithless,  He remains faithful;  for He cannot  deny Himself.”

We need  to find out why  we are fearful.     Our heavenly Father wants us  to look to Him  in faith,  hope,  and love.     What is missing — and why?

When the disciples were  in that boat,  they were scared  out of their wits.     A few years later down the road  with Jesus,  when Jesus was arrested  in Gethsemane,  they fled in fear.     After Jesus suffered and died  on the cross,  they hid in fear  for their own lives.

But,  after Jesus rose  from the dead  and showed Himself  to them many times,  they became fearless.     The reality  of eternal life  in heaven  was sinking in.     Fearlessly,  they preached,  in spite of threats,  intimidations,  beatings,  stonings,  imprisonments,  being killed  with the sword,  and even being crucified  upside down.     All the early Christians knew  what Paul wrote about  in Philippians 1:21,  as they were ravaged  in the Colosseum  by lions.

For to me,  to live is Christ,  and to die is gain.

Because God is right here  beside us,  we can confidently live  according to His word,  knowing that we are  in His almighty,  loving care.     All that matters is  that  we live  to Christ’s glory  according to His truths.     If it is our time to die,  that will be okay  because, through faith  in Jesus,  we will be  taken  to heaven.     We have peace  as we live  in the truth and saving love of God.     That is why Paul was able  to witness  in Philippians 4:13,

I can do all things  through Him  who strengthens me.

How did these early Christians  gain such confidence?     They came to know  the love of God  through studying His word  and prayer.     They looked  to God only  for their needs  and accepted God’s will  for their lives.     Peter,  who once was filled  with doubts  and fears,  learned to teach  his fellow Christians  in 1 Peter 2:2,

Like newborn babes,  long  for the pure milk  of the word,  that by it  you may grow  in respect  to salvation.

Let us also study  God’s word daily,  so that we may  “grow in respect  to salvation”,   and say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  let me abide  in Your word,  so I may grow  in the truths  of your love  and salvation.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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