O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all hte earth! Ps. 8:1
Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Now that’s a great way to start the day! (These verses are actually part of my daily devotions we do at our church).
The readings today were in Matt. 8:23-9:13 and Psalm 8, but I, in my half-awakeness this moring, I read yesterdays NT reading instead, but then went back and read todays. So, we’ll talk a little about both today, since I think God does these sort of things to me to drive home a point.
In Matt 8:23 Jesus is in the boat with the disciples, when a huge storm comes. They quickly go to wake Him up in fear of drowning. Jesus replies <em>”You of little faith, why are you so afraid“.
Matt. 9:2 is the story of the Paralytic. “When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “take heart son, you sins are forgiven.
Matt 9:9 When Jesus called Mattew he said “Follow me”, and Mattew got up and followed Him.
Matt 9:18 When a ruler came to Jesus, he came saying “But come and put your hand on her and she will live”.
Matt 9:21-22 A bleeding women approaches Jesus saying, “If I only touch His cloak I will be healed”. 22. Jesus turned and saw her, “Take heart daughter, your faith has healed you”. And the woman was healed from that moment. Matt 9:28 Jesus askes when healing the bilind and mute “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes Lord” they replied. 29. Then he touched their eyes and said “According to your faith will it be done to you” 30. and their sight was restored.
Are you seeing the theme here? It’s faith in action. It starts when we see the disciples lack of faith in the storm. (how often we too, as his disciples lack faith, when the storms of life hit). It then moves down to Jesus seeing faith, as in the paralytic, and wanting to move in it because of the mans belief in Jesus and what He can do.
Mattew, a tax collector, who probably has a stable income, and security, meets Jesus and instantly gets up and follows Him; leaving his livelyhood behind him, and pursuing Jesus and trusting him to now provide for all his needs. I love this story because it is very similar to my own life, in the way of walking away from things of this world, my securities, my not knowing what tomorrow will bring, but growing in a constant, solid faith that Jesus will provide every need that I need, and as I put my whole-hearted trust in Him, he will begin to move in that faith. I am really expecting God to move in my life in this new year. I have done much waithing, and much learing, and much leaning. All I desire now is to follow wherever He is going to lead me. As a mom, I want nothing more than to provide a solid Biblical foundation for my daughter. This is my top prioority. As I grow, as a trust and persue Him with everything I am, I know that He is going to work in our lives. I can’t see it, I don’t know where we are going, but I have solid, confident faith in my God, my Savior, my healer, my love. It is this sold out faith God needs us to display, I beleive that He wants, sooooo He Can Move in our lives, in our circumstances, In our dreams, and all of our hearts desires; in every area of our lives.
God calls us everyday, to come and follow; Even in the dark, In the uncertaninty, in the pain, in what ever it is that we are facing. We need to become more like these folks in the Bible. We need to truly put our faith in Christ. We truly have to believe in His Power, In His Goodness, In His Provision. Let’s start this week being energized by the truhs that we claim in His Word. Let us truly follow Him. Let us Walk By Faith, and let us trust Him to move in Power. May you be encouraged, streangthened and blessed today! In Jesus Name, Amen!