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By Shelley Pierce
I recently began reading through the Gospel of Matthew. Chapters 1 & 2 tell of the birth of the Savior. Chapter 3 recounts the ministry of John the Baptist and the baptism of Jesus. In chapter 4 we read of his temptation in the wilderness and the calling of the first disciples.
We round the corner to chapters 5-7, my 3 favorite chapters in the scripture. The Sermon on the Mount is packed with practical real-life truths as Jesus taught His disciples the HOWS of living a godly life. How love your enemies, how to give, how to pray, how to fast. He taught the right perspective on possessions. These 2 chapters give believers in every generation the tools for honoring God with our thoughts, intentions and actions.
Matthew begins to record miracles in chapter 8. Jesus cleansed a leper, healed the Centurion’s servant, took away the fever of Peter’s mother-in-law, drove out demons and healed all who were sick.
Jesus and His disciples got into a boat to cross the Sea of Galilee and Matthew tells us Jesus fell asleep. A storm arose on the sea and the waves were so great the boat was beginning to fill with water. The disciples were terrified and woke Jesus, telling Him they were all going to die.
I can only imagine Jesus’ tone of voice as He responded by asking them about their fear. Why are you fearful, you of little faith?
Jesus stood up and rebuked the wind and sea and there was great calm.
I can hear the men as they whispered to each other in amazement- “What kind of man is this? Even the wind and the sea obey Him!
Before I could read any further, I had to deal with what jumped off the pages of my Bible and smacked me in the face. How is it they had just spent all this time with Jesus – listening to amazing teacher and witnessing miracle after miracle after miracle and yet. . . they were amazed that the sea obeyed.
I will admit I was feeling a bit judgmental. Yes, the self-righteousness sort of grew as I imagined it would never have happened to me. I mean, seriously, how do you sit on the side of a mountain and listen to the beatitudes and then see a leper’s spots disappear before your very eyes and be filled with amazement when the wind obeyed?
My critical attitude quickly melted away as I could almost hear the Holy Spirit say, Wait a minute. . .did I not have my hand on you before you even knew my name? Do you remember the day you called out to me for salvation? I washed your sins away. Do you remember your tears when you longed for a child? I heard. I answered. Can you say you have never been one of little faith?
I am not unlike the disciples who witnessed miracles and yet had little faith.
My prayer today is for a faith that sees past the squalls of life to The One who calms the winds and the seas. I want my faith to grow so my amazement will be in His tremendous faithfulness and not in trying to figure out who He is.
Won’t you join me? March is a great month to move forward in believing He is still the healer of all who come to Him. He is The One who tells the demons to leave and they must flee. He is The One who tells us not to worry about food, clothing or tomorrow because His heavenly Father’s love has it all under control.
He is The One who gave His life so we could live.
Peace. Be still.