Matthew 14:22 Sent Into A Challenge

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. Matthew 14:22

Leaders will sometimes send people forward to accomplish various tasks, without always fully revealing what is ahead. Usually they will give details of what a person is being sent into in order to allow them to be fully prepared for what is ahead.

Some people will enjoy walking into the unknown, while most will shy away from it. This is especially true if the unknown can represent danger.

After feeding over five thousand people, Jesus sent the disciples in a boat to the other side of the lake. He did this knowing a major storm was coming up and would appear to threaten their lives.

Going through life will often present various dangerous challenges. People often attempt to avoid as many of the dangerous challenges as possible. They want to be safe.

Believers are not exempt from these challenges. In reality, God will often send His people directly into them, just as Jesus did with the disciples. He sends them in to those challenges to see where their faith is.

Too often one’s faith is in self or what one can directly see or understand, not in God. When a person is sent by God into a dangerous situation, he often gets angry and blames God for it instead of trusting God to get him through the situation.

Every believer must know and understand that God is really in control of everything. Nothing happens, good or bad, without His permission. God works everything out for the good of those who believe Him.

In the end the disciples saw Jesus and Peter walk on water and the storm calmed. The danger had built their faith up in Jesus.

There will be times that God directs your path a certain way. As you walk that path dangers may arise threatening your life. At that moment you have a choice to make, will you cry out or run in fear, or will you call out to God trusting Him.

Knowing that you were sent on that path by God, you can trust He is in control of the situation and wants to do something in your life. It may be to reveal His power to you or to reveal it to others watching you. In this do not be afraid to go where God leads.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s voice leading you; that you will obey God’s leading; and that you will trust God in every situation.

Matthew 8:26 Why Be Afraid?

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.

Zechariah 13:9 A Time Of Testing

This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’ Zechariah 13:9

Testing of people is something required in most areas of life. It is commonly thought that testing is only for children and college students. However, adults, outside of school, get tested on a fairly regular basis.

Many workplaces require annual testing on various skills to ensure the workers keep up on those skills. Workplaces also get inspected often to ensure that they are following certain guidelines.

God said there would be a small remnant of Israel left, after being scattered, who would be tested in a fire. As they are tested they will call upon God and make Him their God.

Very few people like to be tested and no one likes to go through a fire. Both can be scary and may destroy a person. The bitter-sweet thing about being tested is that it can reveal both strengths and weaknesses.

As a fire, the testing can get rid of the bad parts, cleaning up the life of a believer in God. It can cause a person to run to God and trust Him in the process. The true remnant will run to God, the rest will run away, not trusting God.

In America and the world, God is doing a time of testing to see who will remain faithful to Him and who will fall away. This fire is to set to burn out the impurities of sin and corruption in the lives of believers. A remnant will come through to say God is their God and God will say that they are His people.

As you are going through a fire, tough and difficult times, you need to turn to God and trust Him. Allow God to be your God. He knows what is best for you and is allowing this time of testing in the fire. Allow God to burn out the impurities and distractions in your life.

When you allow God to clean you up by His testing, your testimony will be even greater. God will be able to use you even more in building His kingdom. You will be a brighter light shining for God in this dark world.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to test you; that you will make God your God; and that you will shine for Jesus.

Zephaniah 3:12 The Remnant Will Trust God

Three people sitting

But I will leave within you the meek and humble. The remnant of Israel will trust in the name of the Lord. Zephaniah 3:12 

In every battle or war, there are some that survive the battle after the attack. While there are many who will surrender to the enemy and no longer fight, there are always some who will not surrender. They will hold on to what they believe and never give up. They will trust that in the end they will win the war.

Most of those who hold on like this are doing it out of extreme pride, both national and self pride. They feel as though they cannot surrender for anything.

God tells Zephaniah that as He strikes Israel to punish them, He will leave a remnant behind. This remnant will be meek and humble, but will also trust God for everything.

Most people feel that they can and must fight their own battles on their own, without any help. It is all about their own pride that they can do it without help. To ask for or rely upon help is seen as a weakness. They do not want to ever be seen as if they cannot take care of themselves.

Believers are to have a different view than that of the world. They are to be meek and humble, realizing that they cannot do anything upon their own abilities. They have to place all of their trust upon the Lord.

While believers must be meek and humble and trusting in God, many within the church are not this way. Many in the church have the same mindset as that of the world and try to do everything without God.

There is a remnant in the church who do fully trust God. These few do not try to take the limelight and do things on their own.

In your own life, you must choose who you will trust or what you will trust in. It is either you trust in God or you trust yourself and this world. There is no middle ground. God will spit out all who are in the middle.

Humble yourself before God, knowing that you cannot do it without Him. Then, as part of the remnant, the few, trust God to work in and through you. Trust God’s power and abilities. Trust God’s Holy Spirit to lead and guide you and give you what you need to win the war in the end.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a part of God’s remnant few on this earth; that you will trust wholly in God’s words, power and abilities; and that you will be a part of God’s conquering army.