Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 21, 2018

“I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 14:22-36.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+14&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away.  After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray;  and when it was evening, He was there alone.  But the boat was already a long distance from the land, battered by the waves;  for the wind was contrary.  And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea.  When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!”  And they cried out in fear.  But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”

Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”  And He said, “Come!”  And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”  Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and *said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”  When they got into the boat, the wind stopped.  And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “You are certainly God’s Son!”  Matthew 14:22-33.

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Like Jesus made His disciples go ahead of Him to the other side, it is Monday, and for many of us, Jesus sends us to go ahead of Him in the business world.  We leave behind us Sunday and the day of worship and the time of special meditation of God and being in His presence that is special on Sunday.  We may think we are alone on Monday.

But, there is hope!

Like Jesus followed His disciples, Jesus follows us into Monday and the business world.

The challenge for us, as the challenge was for the disciples, is to recognize Jesus Who follows us into Monday and into the business world and into the rest of the week and all of our other activities.  If our image of Jesus is limited to the ghosts of our own desires and imaginations of a jesus whom we can control and manipulate and limit to Sunday appearances, then, like the disciples, we may not recognize the Jesus of Scripture Who comes to us on Monday and into the business world and into the rest of the week and all of our other activities.

But, there is hope again!

Like Jesus identified Himself and strengthened His disciples, Jesus comes to us in the business world, saying “Take courage, it is I;  do not be afraid.”

And, when we do recognize Jesus, let us not take our eyes off of Him.  When we do take our eyes off Jesus and focus on the wind and storm of the business world, like Peter, we begin to sink.

But, there is hope again!

Like Jesus saved Peter, Jesus saves us.

Jesus continually assures us:  “… “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,”  Hebrews 13:5.


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