Daily Devotion Saturday, November 9

Saturday, November 9, 2013 – Psalm 101; Ezra 9:1-15 or Ezra 6:1-22;
Revelation 17:1-14 and Matthew 14:22-36

Psalm 101 – I will sing of loyalty and of justice;
to you, O Lord, I will sing.
I will study the way that is blameless.
When shall I attain it?

I will walk with integrity of heart
within my house;

This morning I’m finding myself thinking about how God sent His Son to give us full life. Yet, often like God’s people before me I trust in the ways of the world and follow them. Psalm 101 calls for us to walk with integrity of heart. If I love the ways of the world more than God, I’ll follow them. It’s only in really loving God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength that I’ll be able to come closer to walking in God’s ways.

Only Jesus really walked with integrity of heart. So, it is in turning to him, studying his life that we’ll discover a life full of integrity. All others will fall short, but Jesus lived as God called him to live.

In the gospel reading we hear the account of disciples out in the boat during a storm. Jesus comes walking on the water. Peter says, “Lord, if it is you command me to come to you on the water.” Hear now this word from God’s word.

Matthew 14:22-36 – 22Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. 25And early in the morning he came walking towards them on the lake. 26But when the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. 27But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”

28Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. 30But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

My friends; Jesus invites all of us to get out of our boats and follow him. May we do so, seeking to always keep our eyes upon Jesus and live with integrity. Do not be afraid. Trust in Jesus and reach out to him.

O Lord, too often I get afraid and return to what I have known, what I’ve trusted in before. When I do, I find comfort but not peace. For it once again will fail me. It’s only as I trust in you that I’ll find real peace and real life. May I fully trust in you and seek to love you and follow you. This alone leads to a life of real integrity. Amen.

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