Saturday, June 18, 2016

Panic or pistis?

TODAY'S SPECIAL: Luke 8:4-25

TO CHEW ON: "And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, 'Master, Master, we are perishing!' Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. But He said to them, 'Where is your faith?'" Luke 8:24,25

I can totally relate to the disciples. Though my storms aren't always physical (they can include things like relationship problems, unexpected expenses, family crises, as well as the physical stuff of accidents, sicknesses and acts-of-nature emergencies) they feel as threatening to my life and person as the squall on Galilee felt to the disciples.

Jesus' answer to the disciples' panic was a simple question: "'Where is your faith?'" It implies that faith was the key to their peace of mind.

A "Word Wealth" article in my Bible explains the Greek word pistis used for faith here: "Conviction, confidence, trust, belief, reliance, trustworthiness, and persuasion. In the N.T. setting pistis is the divinely implanted principle of inward confidence, assurance, trust, and reliance in God and all that He says" - Dick Mills, New Spirit-Filled Life Bible, p. 1372.

It seems that Jesus expected the disciples to be familiar with God and His promises, and to trust Him.

Could that also be the secret to our peace of mind in the middle of our life storms? Faith? It means we need to have two simple things:

1] A knowledge of God and His promises.

2] Faith that He will keep His word.

PRAYER: Dear Jesus, help me to trust You and Your good intentions toward me and those I love. May my trust be so strong that it overwhelms the panic that naturally arises when I'm in life's storms. Amen.

Unless otherwise noted all Scripture quotations are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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