He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. Matthew 8:26
Throughout the lifetime of most people there are things that occur that are unexpected. Some of these events will often cause fear in the hearts of people, because they do not what will be the final result. People fear the disaster that may come from the situation. These fears can be based upon physical problems or disasters, or things with the emotions. Either way it is fear of the unknown.
As Jesus and the disciples were in a boat and Jesus was sleeping a great storm came up swamping the boat. The disciples woke Jesus in fear. He got up, calmed the storm and then asked them why they were afraid.
Large storms can be a scary event for many people. Heavy storms that go through an area will often leave a path of destruction and damage. People fear for their lives and can only see extreme damage coming, forgetting who is in control and His great love for them.
Many believers are just like disciples when a storm comes up in their lives, they cry out in fear. While there is nothing wrong with calling out to God for help, it is wrong to call out to God in fear. One must know God’s great love for him and know that God will not allow anything to happen outside of His control that is not what is best for that person.
Believers are willing to believe Jesus for salvation, but are scared for their lives in times of possible disaster. There must be great faith in all things with God. The physical life should not be of so much importance that disasters allow fear and forgetting that God is in control.
As with the disciples, there will be times a great storm arises in your life that will begin to swamp your boat. You have a choice to make. Your two choices are: will you believe and trust God or will you not believe and trust Him.
Keep in mind the times God has already taken care of you and trust Him to continue to do so. One of three things can happen during that storm. One is that you die and go to heaven. Another is that God brings you through it. The last is God calms the storm. Either way you win on God’s side. Trust God.
Today I pray that you will trust God with all of your life; that you will not fear any storm in your life; that you will go to God in faith, not fear; and that you will see God work in every situation in your life for your good.
This is what the Lord says to Israel: “Seek me and live;” Amos 5:4
Most people want to live. They appear to do everything that they can to keep from dying. People go to the doctor to get medicine and surgery to cure them of sicknesses and injuries in order to prevent death.
During the time of COVID 19, people are putting on masks and isolating themselves to prevent sickness and death. People fear dying and will do whatever it takes to prevent it, accept for the one thing that will prevent death.
Amos tells the people that God is telling them to seek Him in order to live.
In a world that is dying, many are living in fear of death. Yet, many are turning away from God, refusing to accept that Jesus is the only way to life. God does not want to punish and destroy anyone, yet His holiness demands it. God’s grace has made a way to stop the judgement of death upon every person.
There have been many in the church that have turned their backs upon God and sought life in other ways, the ways of the world. The sinful ways of this world, however, will only bring about chaos, death and destruction. Their ways will only bring about temporary life, a moment of joy that will flee very quickly into depression and death.
All a person must do is seek God and His ways to find life. Jesus died so that everyone else may live. He is willing to give that life away for free, just by believing and following Him.
As the world is seeking ways to live, the believer has the answer and needs to point the way. The church has life, but must be willing to live it and share it with this lost and dying world.
You have access to true life that will never end, an eternal life. It is your choice if you will seek God or you will choose to seek other people and things. One brings eternal, true life, the other brings temporary life, then death.
Focus your life on seeking after God and what He desires for you. In spite of the death and sickness all around you, you will live for eternity. This body of yours is only a temporary dwelling place on this earth. It will not last forever, but your soul will.
Who, or what are you seeking today? Seek God and live.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God and His ways for your life; that you will live your life by God’s standards; that God will strengthen to turn away from the ways of this world; and that you will know life in Jesus.
“I sent plagues among you as I did to Egypt. I killed your young men with the sword, along with your captured horses. I filled your nostrils with the stench of your camps, yet you have not returned to me, declares the Lord.” Amos 4:10
Judges give out punishments to correct criminals for doing some crime. Some of those criminals have been placed in prison multiple times and given many different fines to get them to stop doing some crime. Yet, they go back out and do the same crime again and again. They refuse to change, regardless of the punishment or correction given to them.
God points out to the Israelites how He has sent plagues among them and killed many of their horses to get their attention. Yet, they had chosen to refuse to return to the Lord and stayed in their sins.
Throughout the old testament, God had used plagues to get the attention of His people when they were living in sin. It was to get them to turn back to Him for help. God can still do that today.
America, along with many other nations, has turned its back upon God. They have chosen to walk away from His standards and live in and promote sin. Churches have stood by idly and not said much about the rampant sin. Many have even included the sin in their own lives.
As a result, the world is seeing a destruction from the COVID 19 plague in nearly every nation. People are wondering why it is there and when it will stop. God is trying to get the attention of His people to turn back to Him, to really live for Him.
Every believer must repent of sins and point others to God and His ways in order to stop the plague. God does not want any to perish, so He is willing to strike in order to get their attention.
Ask yourself if you are really living for God. Or if you are just going through the motions.
As a believer, you must be turning away from all sin, pointing people to Jesus and encouraging others to live for God. Holiness is the standard God has called all of His people to.
Do not be like the Israelites refusing to return to God and live for Him as they chase after false idols. Devote your whole life to God and He will take care of you and remove the plagues in your life.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will turn from all sin to God; that you will point others to Jesus; and that you will live a holy life unto God.
Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the Lord your God and cry out to the Lord. Joel 1:14
During times of great disaster, sickness or unrest people are scared. People are dying and many are living in fear, not sure what is going on or what is going to happen next. They do not know when things will change and get back to normal.
Many are looking to the government or other organizations to solve the issues of the day. Those groups are at a loss as to what to do or how to cage things. They compete against each other as to the best route to take, yet, not a whole lot changes.
During the time of Joel, the nation of Israel was being overrun and destroyed. He calls for the people to fast and cry out to God.
When great disasters come upon people, the world really does not know what to do. Sometimes it is the world that is bringing on the problems, raising persecution against all believers.
God often allows disaster to come when the people are refusing to serve Him with all of their heart. The church is not being His witness and people are living in sin. God wants their attention, thus brings on disaster.
As this occurs believers must begin to fast and cry out to God. They need to seek forgiveness for their sins and not doing His will. The believers can turn the eyes of the people back to God and get them on the right track.
God is a God of mercy and forgiveness. He is quick to relent bringing on disaster if His people will call out to Him. The land as a whole must cry out to God and turn from their wicked ways so that He can heal them and the land.
You may be going through a time of disaster or trouble, or you may know of others who are going through it themselves. Start with yourself with crying out to God for His mercy. Then as you cry out to God, call on other believers to do the same.
As God’s people call out to Him, He will show up in His great love and mercy. The land, no matter what nation you are a part of, needs you to be crying out to God for it. Seek God and know His salvation.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God’s forgiveness for your sins and the sins of your land; that you will seek God’s mercy upon all people; and that you will humble yourself and live for God.