Where’s Your Faith?

“When Jesus woke up He rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm. Then He asked them,”Where is your faith?” Matthew 8: 24b

I wonder how many times He’s asked us the same question? In V.22 He made a statement to his disciples when He said,

“Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake.”

So they did the obvious. They got into the boat at His command and set sail across the water without care! All was well with their world and yeah, they could simply trust in the ergonomics of natural laws, and that the boat would get them there especially when their Lord accompanied them. All was smooth sailing and all was good ~ until a vicious storm rose up out of nowhere threatening to take them under. They were with their Lord but suddenly their fears were bigger than He was and He didn’t seem to be enough for their moments of panic. They forgot His words of stability and promise of direction about crossing to the other side and when He fell asleep in the boat they felt He fell asleep on the job! He wasn’t disturbed, anxious, upset or even awake! He suddenly seemed to be just like them, without control over the situation and they lost all confidence and all hope in their Saviour and in their circumstances. Beautiful soul, if He’s given the command to Cross to the other side, or to climb the mountain, or walk the valley, you can know He’s either in the boat, waiting on the mountain or walking that valley with you. He’ll get you there when the storms rage, the mountains fall, and the valley gets deeper. No need for panic when He walks the way or sails the seas with us. Yeah, we can know, He really is in control even when it appears hopeless, broken and crumbled.

So ~ For your next deep-water, nose dive that surfaces out of nowhere, or for your next “Where the rubber meets the road” experience; those hard places to maneuver through, and those panic attacks that render us useless, listen for His counsel. In Psalm 46:10 the psalmist reminds us of His words. “He says,

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Dear one, He will be exalted in your storm, on your crumbled mountain and in your deepest of the deep valley. When He asks, “Where is your faith” say with the Psalmist in Psalm 121:2,

“My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

We gotta learn to trust Him even when we perceive He’s fallen asleep in the boat. Wake Him, ask for His help and let Him rebuke the wind and the waves as He speaks peace into the eye of your storm.

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The Morning News

So the morning news may be bleak and the forecast may be gray, but the good news of the day is that our Saviour’s news isn’t bleak and His blessings never gray! As a matter of fact, His blessings are new daily and His faithfulness never wears out! Never runs out! Never goes out! Never goes off on a tangent and leaves us alone to do the impossible, the unthinkable, the hard things in the difficult places.

Hey beautiful you, that’s the good news for today and every day on this journey, don’t you think?

His great faithfulness is so much reason to get up and get going even when the forecast is clouded and unclear. We’ve got a reason to make this day work because we have One over us that’s working this day for us! 
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Humpty Dumpty

For all of your broken heart and weary, beautiful soul, there is healing in Jesus name.

So here you are, and you’ve has just done a Humpty – Dumpty off the wall and shattered into pieces, but yet, though shattered, there you stand, because life doesn’t go away just because does it? Oh, it’s you, but it’s not you, as you stare into the reality of that surreal nightmarish picture. How? Why? What? yeah all the questions track you down, but no answers beat you up, step on you and grind those already fragmented shards of life into the dirt.

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men can’t put you back together again. Can’t fix it! Can’t mend it! Can’t make it better! No, it can’t be repaired because it’s yours and no one could ever understand, not in a million years could anyone get it! Not now, not ever!

The Good news is, the King can! The One Sovereign King can do it! He’s got the broken pieces! He’s got the skills! He’s got the plan! He’s got the mercy! He’s got the grace! His life was broken too, so yours wouldn’t have to be. Because He was crushed for you, He’s got life for you! And while He holds you in those arms that carried His cross of death, He’s got you in those skilled hands that took the nails! Those same divine hands that healed the sick, and yeah that raised the dead to new life. He’s in the business of putting lives back together again. Reach out to Him! Get with His program and let Him teach you! Allow Him to work His custom plan from the ground up in your life! God’s words through His prophet, Isaiah, to a stubborn and rebellious people, are words for us today in Isaiah 48:17,

“This is what the LORD says, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow.”

Although it’s a promise first spoken to Israel, It’s a relevant message for those of us travelling this journey of life in need of guidance and help along the way. For those of us who’ve done Humpty Dumpty’s off the wall. So, those broken pieces are fixable, our part is to simply and humbly bend down to pick them up and hand them over and let our Sovereign King do the transforming work in us!
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Needy Today?

So, what do you need from God today? Peace maybe? Well dear one, You are blessed because He’s promised to give it! John 14:27 reminds us of His words,

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Hey, beautiful one, just now ~ step into it, in your troubled mind, and bask in its warm stability. It’s all over you, warming your innermost soul with radiance as you allow His peace to embrace the overwhelming fears you feel.

Maybe it’s strength you need today for the impossible? Well, you’re blessed because He, Himself, “is” strength and He’s our strength for those impossible moments too. All those things that press in without a speck of hope in our own strength, are covered under His. His very presence brings authority and power into our fragility and into our fight for life. God reminds us in Paul’s words to us in 2 Corinthians 12:9,

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness”

So yeah, for that weakest part of you, He is strength and He is perfect strength. Know that He can use you in that weakness for His glory and He doesn’t need our perfection. Not even for a second. Yeah, we can fall and we can fail and He can still use it and us and He will, just as He did for Paul. Wait on Him and rest in Him! Isaiah 40:31 packs a powerful promise for God’s people. It’s our Wheaties for the day and our power-packed vitamin when we face the boot camps on our difficult journeys. Ahh, take it in and make it yours today …

” … they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Oh, what promises are our from the God of creation, from the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. We dare not brush them off or take them lightly, but today, let’s jump in head-first and take God up on His divine offers of peace and strength and whatever else you need for right now.


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