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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, March 6, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
Peter was not putting Jesus to the test, something we are told not to do. Instead, he was the only one in the boat to react in faith. His impulsive request led him to experience a rather unusual demonstration of God’s power. Peter started to sink because he took his eyes off Jesus and focused on the high waves around him. His faith wavered when he realized what he was doing. We probably will not walk on water, but we may walk through tough situations. If we focus on the waves of difficult circumstances around us without faith in Jesus to help, we too, may despair and sink. To maintain your faith when situations are difficult, focus on Jesus’ power rather than on your inadequacies. (NLT)
Matthew 14:22-32 – 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.
When [Peter] saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him, “You of little faith, “ he said, “why did you doubt?” –Matthew 14:30-31 (NIV)
Carel Anthonissen’s (Cape Town, South Africa) story is titled “A SIMPLE ACT OF FAITH;” here is a portion of Carel’s story:
When things are going well, it is easier to be happy and to believe in God’s goodness and care. The real test comes when our good fortune or happiness suddenly changes – when like a stormy sea, life seems to turn against us.
“All of us go through these experiences: disappointment and disillusionment, the pain of loss or betrayal, the agony of illness, the vulnerability of old age. Any of these can plunge us into a state of anxiety and despair. Like Peter in our reading for today, we can become overwhelmed and sink into doubt about God’s protective care.
“. . . Remember these examples, we are encouraged to act in faith and turn to God in prayer. Believers through the ages have testified that God will help us to deal with our challenges in new and hopeful ways.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – With Christ I can face any problem imaginable.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to look beyond our own capabilities and to trust you to show us a more excellent way. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/