12 NOV

2012

TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY

WALKING ON WATER (1)

Matthew 14:22

 
‘Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go...’ Matthew 14:22 NIV
 
When you find yourself in the middle of hard times or trouble, do you sometimes think, ‘I must have done something wrong – perhaps I’ve missed God’s will and He’s punishing me’? No. Troubles can come from all over the place and usually have nothing to do with our wrongdoing or God’s punishment.
 
Think about Jesus’ disciples caught in the storm at sea. The disciples weren’t in the storm by disobeying, but by obeying Jesus; not by rejecting God’s will, but by embracing it. The Bible says, ‘Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go…’, and they obeyed. Doing the right thing is not always the easiest thing. It can often mean going against the grain of what everyone else is doing or thinking by staying away from what’s popular, easy or selfish.
 
Obedience doesn’t mean there won’t be storms along the way. The disciples had just witnessed Jesus’ handy work with the loaves and fishes – you’d think they’d be bursting with faith. But when fear comes a-knockin’, faith can take a nosedive. Jesus had told them He’d meet them on the other shore yet they forgot His miracle-working power and His promise and gave in to anxiety. God may not solve your problem in the way you want, but you can be sure He will show up in the middle of it and cause you to come out with bigger faith.
 
What now?
 
It can be easy to focus on yourself when you’re in stormy weather. Try focusing on being a blessing and helping someone else today. 

Is 17-21 , John 10:11-21 , Ps 83:1-8, Pr 26:7-12

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