I was listening to a story on the radio in which a man who chartered his boat began picking up a popular photographer regularly. One day they were out on the sea and a squall came up. His photographer passenger woke up from his sleep and asked, "Is everything alright?" The seaman said, "Yes, everything's alright. This is a very good boat," so his passenger went back to sleep. But the seaman was terrified as he managed the wheel.
After the storm had passed, the photographer woke up. The seaman commented, "You slept through the whole storm. Weren't you worried?" He answered, "No, you said everything was alright." The seaman was in awe at his passenger's trust. I wasn't.
It reminded me of the story in Luke 8:22-25. Yeshua and His disciples were out in their boat when a storm blew in. The disciples feared for their lives while Yeshua slept right through it. They woke Him up saying, "Don't you care that we're about to die out here?" He not only was at peace, but He questioned their faith—or trust. They didn't trust they'd be safe with Him, but the photographer in our story trusted his seaman. That's a story of a human trusting another human.
Can you bring yourself to trust God the way the photographer trusted the seaman? God can do a lot more for us than a man can. Do we have the peace that comes with the trust to believe that? It's simple, but it's not easy. It takes practice. Make Proverbs 3:5-6 and Philippians 4:6-8 a part of your daily arsenal. Make them a part of your daily life. Make them a part of your soul.
Thank You, Creator, for Your Word. Help me use it to build my trust and increase my peace. In Yeshua, Amen.
In the beginning was the Word and that Word came and lived among humans as God's representative, Jesus. That Word, He, stood for everything God stands for. He said what God said, did what God did and moved the way God moved. According to Isaiah 55:11, God's Word does not return to Him void. It accomplishes what it's meant to accomplish.
And so should ours. We are created in Gods image; we have the same power of Word God has. Our words should be our representatives. We fail to use our power because we don't recognize it. We can't believe ourselves, let alone recognize our power, because we say too many words we don't mean. For example, we say, "You make me sick!" or "What a dummy I am!" We don't really believe that. We don't believe we'll get sick or that we are dummies. We're just making noise. Then how can our faith come alive when we need it to? How can our words accomplish what they were meant to if we can't have faith in half of what we say? We have to be impeccable with our words in order for them to accomplish what we send them out for. We must say what we mean and mean what we say in order to be the representative of God we are meant to be.
Thank You, Creator, for Your example. Help me be more like You day by day. I'm ready to stand in the full power of Our Word, letting my word accomplish what I send it out to accomplish. Amen.
1 Corinthians 13