Hi guys! I hope you are having a brilliant Monday so far 🙂
I had an idea to post every week a practical way to get us to live out the Word. I know for me personally, I can read a lot of the Word and forget what I read because I don’t immediately actively practise it in the days after I have read it.
Having something to focus on and work towards during the week helps me to actively live out what I have learnt. I believe it’ll be of some help to you to, motivating you to get into the Word and push yourself to actually live out what you learn. I will try to post on Saturdays/Sundays any ‘stories’ or testimonies I may have, based on the weekly action and you can do the same via your comments too!
Here is this week’s Word :
Jesus Walks on Water
16 That evening Jesus’ disciples went down to the shore to wait for him.17 But as darkness fell and Jesus still hadn’t come back, they got into the boat and headed across the lake toward Capernaum. 18 Soon a gale swept down upon them, and the sea grew very rough. 19 They had rowed three or four miles when suddenly they saw Jesus walking on the water toward the boat. They were terrified, 20 but he called out to them, “Don’t be afraid. I am here![b” 21 Then they were eager to let him in the boat, and immediately they arrived at their destination!
I read from John 6:16-21.
I have a study bible, NLT Life Application Study Bible, which is absolutely brilliant! At the top of this passage, it also directs me to the parallel passage in both Matthew 14:22-33 and Mark 6:45-52. I have never previously noticed this about the Gospels, that they actually fill in the blanks that each other left out when retelling events that occurred. For example, in this particular event, right at the beginning in John, we are told that the disciples were waiting for Jesus until night fall and because He still had not arrived after night fall, they got onto the boat and began to make their away across.
When we go over to the same passage in Matthew, he actually gives us the reason Jesus had not gone down together with the disciples and why after night fall, He still had not arrived. Amazing right?! I’m loving it!
Anyway, that isn’t what I want to discuss today. What caught my attention, was that the disciples got tired of waiting and decided to go on ahead without Jesus. They went ahead of Him. This immediately reminded me of many times in my own personal life when I have grown tired of waiting for God’s guidance or His answer to a question I posed, and because of that I just decided to go ahead and do things my way.
The results have never been very good. Don’t get me wrong, God loves a person of action, BUT the RIGHT action! If you carry on reading the passage, you will see that the disciples encountered a storm out at sea, whilst Jesus was not present among them. The moment Jesus showed up, the storm stopped and there was calm.
What this teaches me is firstly, do not run ahead of God! Secondly, if God has not made things clear yet or directed me on what steps to take there is ALWAYS a reason, He knows best! It could be a variety of reasons :
- I’m not yet ready
- It’s not yet the right season
- He is protecting me from danger ahead
- He has something better
So all in all, what I am going to be practising this week is to make sure I seek His direction in all things, and no, that is not an exaggeration, see here :
As well as this, obey what He instructs and to make sure I don’t run ahead of Him, thinking I know best.
Speak soon. X