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Thursday, August 23, 2012

GOD IS THERE

Psalm 94:18-19 “When I said, ‘My foot is slipping’, your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.”
Matthew 14:30-31 “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?’

          Here we have two examples of how God saves His children from harm. In Psalm 94, an anonymous writer cringes under the oppressive hand of his adversary and wonders when God will bring retribution. When I think of a foot slipping I imagine in my mind’s eye an individual climbing a rocky incline. When someone walks on wet, mossy rocks by a watery venue they might also have the occasion to slip. The writer proclaims something that the Bible makes abundantly clear throughout it’s’ pages: the unfailing love of God. There is nothing that compares to the unconditional, eternal love of our creator for His creation. That love, says the writer, supported him.
          Have you ever been anxious about anything? I know I have. While we are instructed not to, worry, doubt and anxiety plague us as we struggle to trust God in difficult situations. Our humanness gets in the way of His greatness and we have difficulties. The writer of this Psalm did as well. It is in knowing God and who we are in relation to Him that we will find our consolation. The mere fact that He is watching and cares what happens to us should bring us joy. That is all tied up in what we place our faith in.
          Shifting gears to Peter in the gospel of Matthew: the disciples were in a boat on lake heading to Gennesaret when they spied what they thought to be a ghost coming towards them walking on the water. It was Jesus. He told them not to fear. Peter, in all his boldness, said that if it was truly Jesus, bid him come to Him on the water. Jesus bid him come and the rest of the story is shown above.
          The wind and waves in the gospel story represent life’s turbulence and troubles. We can become terrified as Peter did at the sight of them or we can remain calm and trust our Savior. He panicked, a very human response, and was saved by Jesus’ own hand. Notice the word ‘immediately’ in verse 31. We should be thankful that while our help may not always be immediate, when the situation is critical and immediacy is warranted, God is there with His hand extended. Joy may be an understatement for the feelings we might experience in the face of trouble that has been either remedied or averted altogether. God is always there watching, loving, caring. Yield your life to His care.

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