Bible Verses for the Day | Matthew 14:25-33
"And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26) And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. 27) But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28) And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29) And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30) But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31) And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? 32) And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. 33) Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God."
Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Friday to you all! I sure hope that your weekend is off to a great start! As we begin our time together today, I would like you to always remember one thing…God is the only One who holds the control stick to your life…and it doesn't matter what evil may attempt to do; because God is and will ALWAYS remain in control…and when we can come to truly believe this; then hope will always remain alive within us…Amen!
The other night, as I was preparing to end my day, a raccoon came into the yard…and as I looked at her through the patio door, she must have also gotten a glimpse of me to; because all of a sudden, she stood up, as though to say… "Would you happen to have something for me to eat." Now how could I resist that! Anyways…as I stood there for a moment…thinking on what I might have for her, I remembered that I had some cornbread in the fridge, so I got a few small chunks and had Keith throw them out the door for me. At first, I guess she thought that we were throwing something at her…to chase her out of the yard; because she took off towards the back of the yard and hid in some vines under a nut tree.
Thinking that we had scared her off…we decided to back off and leave her alone; but as I was finishing something in the office, I just happened to get a glimpse of her outside my window. I noticed that she had found the cornbread and was eating it, so I decided to have Keith throw two more pieces out the door. You know…I thought that by now, she would have understood what we were trying to do for her; but no, she didn't…and back out to the nut tree she went; that is until we were once more out of sight.
Last night, as I was preparing for our visit today, I was thinking to myself… "Is this the way we perceive God?" In other words, we too can easily want some help from God; but at the same time…where is our faith and trust in Him? Could it be that we struggle, when it comes to trusting God; because in the back of our minds, we fear that He will let us down, just as others have?
One thing I've come to see within my own life; is how easily we can speak words of faith and trust in God; but what happens when the sunshine of a good day is replaced by the wind and rain of a circumstance? Do we still feel that we can trust God to help us and keep us steady on our feet, until these stormy moments pass on…or are we like the raccoon; reaching out for help one moment…only to lose faith and trust the next moment?
I think that the greatest issue that I've had to deal with in my life is trusting people…and why; because I've had my heart deeply broken so much, due to laying it on the line…to trust another person. Even though I may struggle with this from time to time; I can say that I have come to truly trust God. Right about now, you are probably thinking to yourself…how could she trust God, but not other people? Because I have come to know and experience the One who can be trusted.
You know…when we step out and trust another person and the promise that was made to us was broken…moments such as these can truly damage a person within; but instead of focusing on these discouraging times; why not give God a chance…and one thing I can say for sure; is that once you do…you will never struggle to trust Him again.
Wow…what another great week of visits! I don't know about you; but I praise God today, for every single word of encouragement that He has sent our way! As we finish up our visit today, I pray that we will truly take in every word that God has given us throughout the week…that we may continue to follow the path of hope, rather than the dismal path of despair; and I also pray that you will have a very nice weekend…and that you will join me again on Monday morning, for another great God inspired visit! Until then…take care and may God bless you richly!
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