Week 2: 8th Jan 2018 – 14th Jan 2018
Bible passage to read: Matthew 14: 22-33
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?…..(Psalm 139:7-12)The scriptural passage under the context of this study is a rich one loaded with lots of lessons that can direct us in our daily life activities. However, the most interesting aspect of it is the evidence of the multiple presence of God in different situations. Jesus sent the disciples away and promises to meet them on the other side of the sea while he went to the top of a mountain to pray. But while he was there on the mountain, he has his eyes fixed on the disciples on the sea.
God is everywhere; in the sea, on the mountain and even in the air. And this is the reason while he will never leave his people in the times of troubles. God was there when Moses was beside the water, he was in the prison when Joseph was incarcerated unlawfully and he was there when the Israelites were in the wilderness. He watches all situations and takes swift actions when needed.
Silence from God should not be taken for rejection. God can decide not to speak ion your situation but that does not mean that he will make it worse. God knows the very time to act in any situation and he will never slack in bringing a solution your way whenever it is needed. The life of Job is a practical example, both Job and his friends’ thought that God was no more in the situation because all was gone already
But god was there from the beginning of the life of job until the end, he refused to speak until everyone has spoken! If you are full of complaints about your situation, that does not expressly mean that god will jump into the situation and begin to act or talk. God does not like interrupting people. As a matter of fact, he only likes to communicate with distressed people rather than been harassed by complainants.
Stop complaining about your situation as if you are the only one in that condition. God is with you in the troubled waters of your life and the only way you can see him is to look up at him. If the disciples had been full of complaint and they never looked up when they were in the sea, they would not have known that Jesus was actually walking towards them (Matthew 14:26). God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble (Psalms 46:1).
The present bad conditions of your life cannot rubbish God. God has been God before you are in this troubles and he will still continue to be God even when you are free from troubles. Therefore, the all mighty have no reason to run away from you. God is interested in your situation and he will soon leave the mountain to attend to you because you are number one on his priority list.
God is not bothered about the Magnitude of your problems (Matthew 9:20) or the stature of your adversary (1st Samuel 17:4-8), all he needs you to do is to have faith in him and leave the rest for him to complete. It doesn’t matter where your kids or the rest of your family are located, what matters is that they are in the hands of God because God is everywhere. Learn to put more confidence in the Lord and make him the controller of all that matters to you
Devotional Prayer Points
- Dear Lord, make yourself evident in all my worrying situations in Jesus name.
- Dearest father now is the time, please show yourself mighty in the midst of the sea of my life in Jesus name.
- May the mighty hand of the Lord that rescue peter from sinking into the water begin to rescue me in all sinking situations of my life in Jesus name,
- Henceforth, I rebuke the spirit of fear from every part of my life in Jesus name.
- No matter how deep the waters of life maybe, I will make it to the other end in Jesus name.
Author: Evangelist Daniel Daramola
Author: CCC Handbook Weekly Devotional
CCC Seventh Year Parish 2