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Even the winds and waves obey Him!

Even the winds and waves obey Him!

“Who is this Man?” they asked.  “Even the winds and waves obey Him!” (Matthew 8:27).

 

This is my final devotional in the series we have been studying on “The Lord’s Prayer”.  Five “P’s”  have served as my outline for these past several months – Praises, Priorities, Provider, Protection, and Praise.  You notice the first “P” and the last “P” are the same, “Praise”. Matthew 6:13b is the last line of “The Lord’s Prayer” and is a powerful praise sentence, “Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen” (Matthew 6:13b).

 

Matthew 8:23-27 (NLT):

“Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with His disciples.  Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat.  But Jesus was sleeping.

The disciples went and woke Him up, shouting, “Lord, save us!  We’re going to drown!”

Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid?  You have so little faith!”  Then He got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.

The disciples were amazed, “Who is this Man?” they asked.  “Even the winds and waves obey Him!”

I can picture the disciples wide-eyed as they stared at Jesus totally amazed with their mouths wide opened, jaws touching the bottom of the boat as they catch a glimpse of His power and glory.

In the Old Testament King David writes in Psalm 63:1-2,

“O God, You are my God;
I earnestly search for You.
My soul thirsts for You;
my whole body longs for You
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water.
I have seen You in Your sanctuary
and gazed upon Your power and glory.”

What words stand out as you read these verses?

For me:
search
thirsts
longs
seen
and then David gazed upon–God’s power and glory–David saw it!

As David earnestly searched (sincerely, seriously seeking with all his heart), his soul so very thirsty (the need so great that it had to be quenched), his whole body longing…for what?  Did you catch it?  Not for just anything…BUT FOR GOD HIMSELF!!!

What about you and me?  Are we searching, thirsting, longing, wanting to see God?  Are we wanting to see His power and glory? I pray so, otherwise we could be in danger of thinking the same way as many people today, “I don’t’ need God at all; I’m my own God.”

Psalm 27:4,

“One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord
And to meditate in His temple.”

Again, did some specific words stand out to you?

For me:
desire
seek
dwell
behold
meditate

There is one and only one thing the Psalmist is seeking–GOD–to behold God’s beauty, which is His deep/great/awesome power and glory!!!

Everything is God’s!  He owns all!  All glory belongs to Him!  Glory means to highly honor, renowned/famous.  All honor is due Him.  He is The Most Famous One!

It’s time to bring back His glory in our lives!

PRAYER: Our Father in heaven may Your name be kept holy.  In everything may we give You the glory and the praise for who You are, for the things You have done, and for the things You will do.  May Your glory be revealed in our dry nation, in the harvest field, in all countries, in our homes, in our lives, and to all Deaf people.  For Yours is the power and the kingdom and the glory forever. Amen!

SONG: “My Tribute (To God Be the Glory)” by Andrae Crouch

How can I say thanks
for the things you have done for me
Things so undeserved
Yet you give to prove your love for me
The voices of a million angels
Cannot express my gratitude
All that I am or ever hope to be
I owe it all to Thee

(Chorus)
To God be the glory
To God be the glory
To God be the glory
For the things He has done
With His blood, He has saved me
By His power, He has raised me.
To God be the glory
For the things he has done

(Bridge)
Just let me live my life
And let it be pleasing, Lord to Thee
And should I gain any praise,
Let it go to Calvary.

With His blood, He has saved me
By His power, He has raised me.
To God be the glory
For the things he has done.

About the Author:

Diane Musil is a special friend of this ministry. When I asked Diane how long she has been a Christian, she responded, “I was saved 7/7/1977. That is when I first accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord!!!!” She is a woman of faith and a powerful prayer warrior. Diane loves the Lord with all of her heart and has a deep abiding relationship with Him, born out of life’s struggles.

Since the beginning of this ministry, Diane has been an encouragement to Rhonda and me. We asked Diane if she would be willing to write devotionals for our website so other people would be encouraged too. Diane graciously responded, “Yes.”

Diane is Deaf and legally blind, caused by being born almost three months premature. Many years ago, Diane visited the Retreat Center where she was to share in our chapel service. Diane was in the kitchen, and I happened to walk in on her as she was reading her Bible and praying. Diane had her Bible within three inches of her face as she diligently, slowly read the Word of God. I backed out of the kitchen. That image of Diane reading her Bible has spurred me on to be faithful in reading the precious Word of God. Rhonda and I pray that God will encourage you as you read Diane’s devotionals each month. Diane has lived in the Chicago area her entire life, and is pictured here with her dog, Pup.

May God encourage and bless you,
Gary

 

3 comments

  • Serenity A. Vanderschoot says:

    Beautiful Diane.. Nothing more powerful than looking at the life and words of Jesus. Thank you for posting.

    Love you!

  • Thank you for my deaf Happy day. Praise you Jesus Bless.

  • Pastor Paul Rodriguez says:

    Even though you wrote this in 2010 the words are just as powerful in 2012. Just found this website. My oldest daughter is in deaf ministry full time. She does alot for the deaf. Keep writing I’ll keep reading & sharing with the church. God Bless – You are touching lives.


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