Thursday, November 08, 2007

People Crying to God

24But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
25And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
27But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
28And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
29And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
30But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
31And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
32And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
33Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.


Matthew 14:24-33, King James Version

As we continue in our "People" series, the next few devotions will cover the topic, "People Crying to God." Our first devotion is about Peter, who is my favorite of the disciples, because he is so human! Often he leaps forward impetuously only to discover that, The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. (Matthew 26:41) We find him doing just that in this Bible passage from Matthew 14.

The disciples were out on a boat in the middle of the sea trying desperately to keep their boat from sinking in the tempestuous water. Jesus suddenly appeared walking on the water; not knowing who He was, the disciples were filled with fear. Jesus then spoke to them saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. How did Peter respond? Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. Peter then stepped out on the water and began to walk toward Jesus, but seeing the wind tossing the water, he became afraid and began to sink.

He cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

Do you see yourself mirrored in Peter? I certainly do. How often do we boost up our faith and then get ourselves in circumstances over our head and begin to sink? God knows us; He knows our hearts and He knows our frailties. Just as Christ reached out His hand to save Peter, so He reaches out His hand to us as well.

Are you sinking in the middle of a deep, storm-tossed sea? Cry out to God. He saves us, watches over us, and keeps us until the day we join Him in Heaven and live with Him forever.

Sometimes I feel like it is unfair for me to ask God to get me out of circumstances I fell into because of my own sin. For the Christian, however, God is always there saving, helping, and keeping His children. Do not despair because of your circumstances; go to Christ. He will either change the circumstances or give you the grace to bear them.

God Bless You,
Linda

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