Thursday, August 2, 2012

Oh, you of little faith!

Matthew 14: 25-33
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

“Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he 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?”

And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

This was the first thought that came to me today when I woke up. I was still getting dressed and for some reason this passage struck me. So I feel that I have to write about it. It may happen to some out there that we ask Jesus for some type of sign and when we have that request answered we become afraid and immediately become frightened over what it is that Jesus reveals to us. Then there are times where we ask for a sign of some sort and we see and hear nothing.

The part that frightens me the most is when we do receive some type of sign or revelation from Christ. When he speaks to us after we ask Him to we become obliged to do a coupe of things. 1) we must listen with full attention and respect. 2) we must be ready to do what it is that Christ is asking us to do, mainly because we asked for it. 3) We have to be willing to sacrifice.

Just like when Peter asked Christ to command him to come out to Him on the water we must be ready to abandon ourselves and be ready to obey Christ. Once we are able to do that we are ready to be Christians. Now, we all become afraid at some point in our life and on our own journeys, but like Peter, we are all human and are bound to make mistakes. This is when the beauty of God comes in. The person being tasked with something from Christ is not necessarily the one who is best qualified for that particular job or task, but rather they are the ones who have been chosen specifically for that task. you may have heard it aid in this way," God does not call the qualified, he qualifies the call."

That is all nice and peachy that Christ answers our prayers like that, but what about when we don't hear or see anything in response to a prayer or request that we made to Jesus. T that I say keep praying. If it is of great importance and something that truly need then Christ will provide it for you. But remember, Christ speaks to us in the silence. Be ready to hear His call whenever and wherever you are.

God bless you all!
-Br. Adam

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