SUNDAY 17TH MAY 2020
WORD FOCUS: UNUSUAL MIRACLE CONDITION
TEXT: Romans 5:1-2 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God….”
In the miracle story from Matthew 14, it was Christ Himself who put the disciples where they were. He made the disciples get into the boat, and went on ahead of him to the other side. Matt.14: 22-24 “And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. 23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. 24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
The boat was buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. So troubles may arise when we are(or even because we are) doing God’s explicit will, but we must give God time and let him work all things together for our good. That is true for you and me.
Jesus, in fact, was in charge. He had seen them struggling out on the sea of Galilee while he was up on the hillside. Do not worry: the Lord has good eyesight! God does not guarantee us permanently calm seas or prosperous voyages. Even Paul was shipwrecked three times. The disciples were fighting the elements in one of those lumbering boats of their day, for the very reason that that was where God wanted them! Many people feel disillusioned about this very thing. They do what is right yet suffer for it. But we need not worry. The trouble that comes when God puts us where He wants us is a miracle in the making! The stormy winds of Galilee were the first component of wonder for Peter and his companions. Why do we think miracles should only occur in optimal conditions, such as a vibrant Christian church service? We usually need a miracle when we are in the direst of problems! Jesus is in charge of your life and He is with you always. Never limit God as to when He can touch your life with His miracle power!
MEDITATION: Gal. 1:15-17, Heb. 1:2-4.
ACTS 25/RUTH 1 & 2/PS 47
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