LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Monday, February 20, 2006

FROM REID FERGUSON my Pastor

Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture


Today’s Readings Feb. #11 : Matt. 14:22-36;
Acts 20:13-38; Psalm 34; Ex. 30-31


“Lord, save me!” What a wonderful prayer. It
isn’t eloquent. It isn’t wordy. It makes no appeal
as to why the Lord ought to hear, or why Peter
was worth saving. It is the instinctive cry of one
in the fear and terror of the moment, to another
who it appears to him can help. That in itself is
worthy to note isn’t it? To the natural eye, Jesus
wasn’t the best choice. After all, He wasn’t
exactly standing on dry ground. But He WAS
there and He WASN’T sinking, and though
there was no rational explanation as to why He
was actually walking on the water, Peter knew
He was indeed able, and He cried out. The
unanswered questions notwithstanding. So it
often with our own prayers. We’re not quite
sure if they can really help, but we see Jesus
with the eye of faith. We cannot explain it all.
We cannot tell those around us in rational detail
how it is we KNOW He can help, but we still
just instinctively cry to Him. It is one of the
proofs that we are truly born again. His Spirit is
within us and we cry out “Abba Father” when in
trouble - the way any little child naturally cries
for its parent. Peter’s cry in the original carries
with the idea of “Lord, save me – and do it
NOW!” Our sweet Jesus is never afraid of our
emergencies, but is able to meet us in all of
them. No matter how bizarre or improbable or
drastic they may be. Nothing was less probable
than sinking from a quick walk on the water in
the middle of a raging storm. But this is no
impediment to our God. Nor is our lack of faith
a barrier He cannot overcome. Jesus will ask
Peter to examine himself for why his faith
failed, but He does not fail Peter because of it.
Nor will He fail you beloved. Though your faith
this very day be weak and failing, cry out! He is
near – even in the most improbable places and
bizarre circumstances. And He is not thwarted
by your lack of faith. Just call. Cry out. Look to
Him in the emergency. He will save you.

5 Comments:

Blogger forgiven said...

Great Post my Brother
Thanks for that Mark

February 20, 2006 2:00 PM

 
Blogger bluecollar said...

Doug: itwould seem that you are my one remaining reader! Thank you for coming by.

February 21, 2006 12:01 PM

 
Blogger Kc said...

One reader???

This is an excellent devotion! Your must have a wonderful Pastor. ;-)

February 21, 2006 2:18 PM

 
Blogger Doug E. said...

Amen,

He sees us in our distreses and helps us.

Doug

February 21, 2006 6:15 PM

 
Blogger Joe said...

I am your other remaining reader.

Every time I have cried out to Jesus, He has been there.

He has led me through some heavy stuff.

Why, then, when the next stuff comes along, do I cry out as though He might not respond?

Yet He always comes through.

February 22, 2006 6:33 AM

 

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