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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, July 14, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
Although we start out with good intentions, sometimes our faith falters. This doesn’t necessarily mean we have failed. When Peter’s faith faltered, he reached out to Christ, the only one who could help. He was afraid, but he still looked to Christ. When you are apprehensive about the troubles around you and doubt Christ’s presence or ability to help, remember that He is always with you and is the only one who can really help. (NLT)
Matthew 14:22-33 – Immediately after this, Jesus made his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake while he sent the people home. Afterward he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone. Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves.
About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came to them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him, they screamed in terror, thinking he was a ghost. But Jesus spoke to them at once, “It’s all right,” he said. “I am here! Don’t be afraid.”
Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you by walking on water.”
“All right, come,” Jesus said.
So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he looked around at the high waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.
Instantly Jesus reached out his hand and grabbed him. “You don’t have much faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” And when they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped.
Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.
Mark H. Anderson (Pennsylvania) titled his story “TREADING WATER;” here is a portion of Mark’s story:
“. . . There may be times when we struggle, and we may not be able to sense where God is guiding us. . . . I am reminded of the many storms in life where I have struggled, seemingly on my own, without placing my trust and confidence in the Lord. When I reached out to the Lord, the peace came, often long before the storm subsided.
“Like Peter, we can reach out to the Lord for help. We may have to wait, but peace comes to us when we come to him. Just as Jesus helped Peter on the water, when our confidence fails, Jesus will reach out and pull us up.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Jesus helps me through the storms of life.
Prayer: Dear God, our helper, remind us to come to you when we face struggles and storms, and bring us peace. Amen.
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