Monday, August 3, 2009

Daily - 8/3/09

Matthew 14:22-36

22 Then he made the disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.

23 After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening he was there alone.

24 Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore, was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it.

25 During the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them, walking on the sea.

26 When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. "It is a ghost," they said, and they cried out in fear.

27 At once (Jesus) spoke to them, "Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid."

28 Peter said to him in reply, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water."

29 He said, "Come." Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.

30 But when he saw how (strong) the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!"

31 Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"

32 After they got into the boat, the wind died down.

33 Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying, "Truly, you are the Son of God."

34 After making the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret.

35 When the men of that place recognized him, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought to him all those who were sick

36 and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak, and as many as touched it were healed.
"Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid."

The Lord is always present with us, it's just a matter of us being present with Him. How often fail to recognize that He is here, and if I'd just have TRUE faith in Him, I'd have absolutely nothing to worry about? It's easy to have faith when things are going well. But when the storm hits and the waves crash, what do I do? Am I willing to get out of the boat?

If not, why not? The Lord is ALWAYS with me. I need to take courage, and not be afraid.