John 21:6 reads “And He said to them ‘Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch.’ So they cast, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish.” This is asking us where is our confidence? Fear is faith in evil while courage is faith in God, Good. Are we planning on failing or are we knowing that our confidence comes from God and we can be expectant of Good.
When we pray, are we allowing God to work it out for us or we trying to outline humanly what we think is best? No matter what the scene, God is in charge and always knows what is best for us and what lessons we need to learn. Knowing this confidently, we can pray asking to see what God sees and courageously, take the steps that are revealed to us.
This morning I have been studying about Peter walking on the water. In Matthew 14: 28-32, it speaks of Jesus walking on the water and Peter asking to join Him. He was able to do this until he had doubts and the wind became boisterous, so he became fearful. This is just as applicable today as in Biblical times. It makes no difference how long Peter walked before he started sinking, the Christ was right there where he was. Today, it matters not how long we have been struggling with a relationship problem or a health issue, the Christ is right here to comfort, guide and heal. Matthew 14:31 states, “And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” All we ever need to do is to mentally reach out to see the Truth and it will be revealed to us. Asking God for bread (understanding), we are never given a stone (confusion).
This morning as I work with faith, it becomes clear to me that I may not know how electricity works, but I use it. Nor I do not know how a car goes, but I drive one. Then, I recognize that God is Love and God is in everything that is Good. So Love must be, also. When I am joyful and loving, the food I prepare tastes even better than when I cook just out of need or duty! As I balance a checkbook, it becomes easier when my thought entertains no negativity.
Hebrews 11:3 takes on a new light for me as I read, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”
A priceless pearl begins as being an irritant within the oyster. I love to think on this as I pray about something that can seem frustrating to me. As I release the burden and give it to God and have patience and faith that He is working it out, I relax in gratitude and humility. It never fails that the same irritant becomes a blessing within my life when I repent (change the way I was looking at it). If man gets involved in the formation of a pearl, it becomes cultured and not nearly so valuable as a natural pearl. Same with a challenge! When man outlines the outcome, it often can become chaotic and messy. Today I will give everything to God! Belief becomes understanding.
Luke 1:37 reads, “For nothing is impossible with God.” There is no exception.
In the fourteenth chapter of Matthew, Jesus walks on the water and His disciples are afraid and alarmed. Earlier in the day He had fed a multitude of 5,000 with five fishes and two loaves and I sometime question why His disciples found His walking on the water amazing. Then, I am reminded of challenges and doubts I entertain while praying when He has proved Himself to me over and over.
Matthew 14:31 reads, “Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him and said to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?'” He was talking to Peter who had tried to walk to Him. This is reassuring to me when I fall because the Christ is always there to pick me up.
God, Love is as close as our heartbeat. That is a promise, independent of our awareness. We do not realize this when we are worried, which is a form of unbelief. Luke 12 reads, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: they do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”
Can it be any clearer ? Worrying means we are lacking faith in God!
As I was thinking this morning, I began to ponder “complaining”. That is actually telling God I have a better way of doing things. How arrogant is that? 2 Corinthians 5:7 is a gentle reminder, “We live by faith, not by sight.”. God is always working his purpose out and it is always perfect! I will trust Him today and everyday.