A Glory Seed Devotional
“…And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them…” (Mark 6:48 ESV) Have you ever wondered what Jesus was walking on when he approached the boat carrying the disciples? I know that sounds dumb because the bible says he was walking on the water. While the question can be seen as dumb I can assure you the answer is anything but dumb!
Jesus was walking on his faith. Never in the history of the world has anyone’s faith been as deep and empowering as Jesus’ faith was. The following is an excerpt from my book “Intimate Conversations with Jesus” challenges us to consider how deep our faith in God goes.
He (Jesus) paused again for several seconds, “Do you know what is at the top of the list of sins that grieves our Heavenly Father?” he asked. Immediately I began thinking of the dirtiest rotten things we humans can do, “There’s so many how any one of them can be at the top of the list,” I finally replied. “Lack of faith,” he replied, “There are more empty lives today because of a lack of faith.”
“But I believe and I still feel empty,” I answered back. He must have been ready for me because there was no hesitation, “There is no power in what you believe. In fact, many times faith contradicts belief. See that river out there?” he asked.
I nodded my head in the affirmative, “Do you believe I could walk on the water to Canada,” he questioned me. “Yes, Lord I know you could,” I replied. He smiled, “Do you believe you could?”
I wasn’t ready to answer him because I believed if I tried I’d drown yet with him at my side I knew I could. After a few minutes of internal struggling I said, “Without you I believe I would drown but with you by my side I know I could.” I felt pretty confident about my answer or at least I thought I was but all that changed with his next question. “Want to go for a walk?” He had me! Suddenly I felt the power of my beliefs once rock solid fly right out the window. I faced many confrontations in my life but this put the icing on the cake. “Cat got your tongue,” he asked me with a big grin on his face. “The cat don’t have it you do,” I echoed in return. After a few more moments of deliberation I decided to call what I thought was a bluff, “Okay let’s go!” Still grinning he promptly replied, “What do you mean let’s go?” Silence again filled the car.
The conversation continues…
“So get out of the car walk to the river’s edge jump and walk to Canada my Spirit will be with you,” he was wearing that grin again. After a few minutes of silence he asked, “Which is stronger your belief that you’ll drown or your faith that my Spirit will be with you?” Somehow, in the back of my mind, I began getting a picture of what he was trying to tell me or at least I thought I did.
Life may not demand we walk on water but life will demand we walk its storm and if we are to walk through them will we need to do so walking on and with our faith that the Holy Spirit is holding us up and Jesus is walking with us.
Grace and PEACE!
“The LORD is with you while you are with him.
If you seek him, he will be found by you…”
(2 Chronicles 15:2 ESV)
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