Trampling by faith!
Verse for Today: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Matthew 14:24 – But the boat was already a long distance from the land, battered by the waves; for the wind was contrary.
God wants His children to know, believe and experience His presence, peace and protection in times of trouble. He tempers our life of faith by allowing us to go through high waves and powerful wind which beat against our boat in the sea of life. He shows that His power rules and overrules the contrary wind the waves in our difficult circumstances and gives us confidence and courage to keep going. Often a great victory is followed with more intense test to see whether our faith has grown stronger. It is most likely that after feeding thousands with meager means, the disciples would not have expected such a fearful situation. When He was not physically with them for a time, they seemed to have lost all hope and courage. They found no escape as they were far away from the shore. Their fear overpowered their hearts to cry out in utter hopelessness. But Jesus goes to them even through the wind and the waves. When they were filled with fear and hopelessness, He strengthened them. He was their fence around them. He demonstrated to them how to walk by faith in fierce situations. He once again proved to them that He would not forsake them in times of trouble. He showed them that the mighty wind would obey His feet as He walked over the sea billows. But their greatest failure was that they couldn’t recognize their Lord in the midst of the turbulence. Today Jesus is with us in His mighty presence when we are buffeted by the wind and waves of circumstances. He comes to us in the fourth watch when no one else is around to hear our loud cries. He is not far away, but is near to us, with us and around us. The calamities created by the powers of darkness will not touch us because God keeps us under His wings. The wind might beat against us, but it cannot beat us because we dwell in the shadow of the Almighty.
Dear friend, are you buffeted and battered by the winds and the waves of the sea of life? Are there calamities beating against you at unexpected times to create great fear in your mind? Are you far away from any place or person to get any help? But you will be in for great astonishment when your Lord appears to you in the midst of it all. He comes to reassure you and strengthen your faith. He comes to dispel your fear and anxiety. He comes to fill your heart with His peace which surpasses all understanding. He shows you how the wind and the waves obey Him. He demonstrates how He tramples over the waves of the sea and walks over it. Yes, our Lord has a pathway for us to walk by faith over the mightiest waves of the sea of life. Jesus reassures us today that with Him we can trample over the buffeting situations of life. The fierce wind and the shattering waves will come and go, but the Lord Jesus will not leave us. His mighty presence encompasses around us to protect us from all evil. He proves to us that we can trust Him fully in all our circumstances and situations no matter how fierce it might be. Perhaps your situation might be dark and filled with the sound of the blowing fierce wind and the soaring billows of the sea of life. But your beloved Lord is with you to give you courage to keep going without fear or doubt. He will protect you and preserve you with His sustaining grace. Today His grace is sufficient for you to face your difficult circumstances and to come out victorious.
Matthew 14:27 – But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
Thought for Today
God is nearer to us than any other trouble we might encounter.
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