READINGS for 2006-07-04
IN JESUS? BOAT
He got into a boat and his disciples followed him. ? Matthew 8:23
December 4, 1988. ?This is a date you will never forget,? said the lay preacher. That day, for the first time as an adult, I gave my life to Jesus. I told Him to be Captain of my ship.
Be truly the Captain of the boat, Lord. I trust in You.
Amos 3:1-8; 4:11-12
Amos has experienced the compulsion that often comes with hearing God?s call. He has opened his heart to the Lord and He has spoken to him regarding all of Israel. He tells us here that once he experienced this, he had no real choice but to obey. It is the truth that the Lord asks us to speak that provides the compulsion. A lie can never compel us in the same way.
1 Hear this word, O men of Israel, that the LORD pronounces over you, over the whole family that I brought up from the land of Egypt: 2 You alone have I favored, more than all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your crimes. 3 Do two walk together unless they have agreed? 4 Does a lion roar in the forest when it has no prey? Does a young lion cry out from its den unless it has seized something? 5 Is a bird brought to earth by a snare when there is no lure for it? Does a snare spring up from the ground without catching anything? 6 If the trumpet sounds in a city, will the people not be frightened? If evil befalls a city, has not the LORD caused it? 7 Indeed, the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants, the prophets. 8 The lion roars ? who will not be afraid! The Lord GOD speaks ? who will not prophesy! 4: 11 I brought upon you such upheaval as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah: you were like a brand plucked from the fire; yet you returned not to me, says the LORD. 12 So now I will deal with you in my own way, O Israel! and since I will deal thus with you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel.
P S A L M
Psalm 5:4-6, 6-7, 8
R: Lead me in your justice, Lord.
3  At dawn I bring my plea expectantly before you. 4  For you, O God, delight not in wickedness; no evil man remains with you; 5  the arrogant may not stand in your sight. (R) You hate all evildoers; 6  you destroy all who speak falsehood; the bloodthirsty and the deceitful the LORD abhors. (R) 7  But I, because of your abundant mercy, will enter your house; I will worship at your holy temple in fear of you, O Lord. (R)
G O S P E L
Whether our lives are filled with storms or peace, our response should be the same, namely to continue to trust in the Lord! It may be more difficult to do this when things are not going so well but I am sure that if we think about it a bit, we will see that it makes a lot of sense to trust in the Lord, particularly when things are not going so well. It is in times of adversity that the true character of a person comes to the fore. The true character of a disciple is one who is willing to trust in the Lord.
23 He got into a boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. 25 They came and woke him, saying, ?Lord, save us! We are perishing!? 26 He said to them, ?Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?? Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. 27 The men were amazed and said, ?What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey??
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Sirach 14-18
THE STORMS OF MY LIFE
The problem with Jesus calming the storm is that there do not seem to be storms in my life. They are more like typhoons or hurricanes! I wonder Jesus is strong enough to tame them? Rest assured that it does not matter how big the storm or hurricane may be in your life. Jesus can calm it and is already giving you the means by which to get everything under control once again. On the other side of the coin, however, I think that it is probably good for us to have a few things in our lives that are not fully under our control. This will force us to be more reliant upon the grace of God and that has to be a healthy thing!
Holy Spirit, convict my heart as to the truth of God?s love for me. Help me to leave behind the worries and doubts of an immature faith and rise to the moment and learn to grow in strength of faith each day!
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