Thursday, October 17, 2013

October 17 – Matthew 14, Mark 6, and Luke 9

Below are my thoughts from the daily Bible reading of the West Side Church of Christ. Today’s reading comes from Matthew 14, Mark 6, and Luke 9. Before reading I invite you to pray and asked God to speak to you as you read his word. Also above in the tabs is a link to the Bible reading plan.
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Jesus heart is breaking. His cousin, friend, and colleague has just been beheaded by Herod. His disciples have just returned from their first preaching journey. On top of all that the crowds are swelling. They do not want to comfort Jesus in this time of mourning; they want to take from Jesus; His teaching, His time, His heart, and His healing abilities. The Bible tells us that Jesus has compassion on them and He turns His attention to them. This is where we find the familiar story of the feeding of the five-thousand. When their bellies are full Jesus turns to His own personal needs.

He puts the disciples into a boat and sends them across the sea. Jesus goes up on a hillside by Himself where He prays. “Late that night, the disciples were in their boat in the middle of the lake, and Jesus was alone on land. He saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling against the wind and waves.” (Mark 6:47-48 NLT). I love this. Here Jesus is alone, off mourning His heartbreak and connecting with His father. While He may be alone, He has positioned Himself so His disciples would always be in sight.

Friends … never forget that. You are a child of God. You are His disciple. No matter what you are going through, no matter what waves come tossing your life back and forth, you are always in the sight of God. When things seem too much, when the oars just do not seem to be touching the water, God sees you, and loves you and cares about you. In your own life, it is in these moments that God will come walking on the rough seas of your life, just as Jesus did that night. React like Peter, walk out to Him, but do not loose faith when the wind blows. Continue in faith, because no matter what has come your way, God has always kept you in His sights. 

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