TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, November 29, 2017:
Complete trust; belief; confidence; loyalty.
Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:31.
We walk by faith, not by sight. II Corinthians 5:7.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. II Timothy 4:7.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
The disciples were caught in a terrible storm (Matthew 14 above) which approached them quickly and they felt they were close to physical harm. In the midst of being buffeted about by the waves, Peter looked up and thought he saw a ghost walking on the lake toward the boat. Then the disciples were really terrified. But it was no ghost, it was Jesus. Peter responded when he saw that it was Jesus and he overzealously asked Jesus to bid him to come to Him. Jesus said, “come.”
Peter climbed out of the boat and started to walk toward Jesus, keeping his eyes on Him. But when he felt the power of the wind and the waves got rougher, Peter became so concerned about the waves that he took his eyes off Jesus to focus on the waves, and he immediately began to sink. Peter stepped out on faith but quickly lost faith and began to sink in doubt and fear.
We can learn from Peter. When he began to sink the scripture reminds us that Peter cried out to the Lord because the situation was too grave for him and he needed the Lord to help him. His prayer was just three words, “Lord, save me.” The Lord reached out immediately and pulled him to safety and asked Peter, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
It is through challenges and trials in our lives that we grow in our faith. When a need arises in our lives we try to fill the void. When a problem comes up we try to solve the problem ourselves. When others hurt us, we try to decrease the pain in our own power. We struggle, fight and finally when we know we are losing we take our focus off ourselves and we call out to Jesus to help whom we know knows us well and loves us unconditionally.
Trials are often given us in order for us to grow our faith. The more we fail trying to solve life’s situations in our own power and learn to give them to Jesus, the stronger our faith becomes. For our faith to increase it requires our consistency in trusting the Lord, obeying His commandments and seeking His help and guidance. We must stand firm in what we believe and when we do God will provide the strength and hope for us to continue on.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Philippians 2:4.
Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also the interests of others.
Help me to persevere in believing what You say to me. Help me to obey and turn to You in faith believing through every situation I face knowing that You will show me daily the fulfillment of all Your promises.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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