Daily Devotion Saturday, October 5

Saturday, October 5, 2013 – Psalm 73; 2 Kings 19:21-36; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 and Matthew 8:18-27

Matthew 8:18-27 – 23And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24A windstorm arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25And they went and woke him up, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” 26And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, you of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm. 27They were amazed, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?”

And Jesus said to them and says to us; “why are you afraid, you of little faith?”

In listening to the news right now, the government shut-down is the top news story and then following it is often the need to raise the national debt limit. If we as a nation default on our loans, major chaos will follow.

And Jesus says to us; “why are you afraid, you of little faith?”

Our trust and faith need to be in God, not any human institution. Our trust and faith need to be in God who led the Israelites out of Egypt, who sent his Son who died and then rose from the dead that we might live. It is this one who calmed the storm and is with us to this very day.

Tomorrow I’ll be preaching on Luke 17:5-10; one of the mustard seed texts. In it we’ll hear;
 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.

Friends it’s not the quantity of our faith that is important, it’s that we believe. So, believe, have faith in the one who has been, is and will be forever. It is God who holds the world in his hands. Trust in God and believe in him, have faith. God will see us through all the troubling times of life. Thanks be to God. Amen.

Psalm 73 – 28 But for me it is good to be near God;
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
to tell of all your works.

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