When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17 where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. 18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.”21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and your plans will succeed. (Proverbs 16:3, NIV)
In his heart a man plans his course,
but the Lord determines his steps. (Proverbs 16:9, NIV)
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. — Psalm 34:8 (NIV)
“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good–except God alone. — Luke 18:19 (NIV)
I’ve often wondered if the reason we don’t pray as much as we should is because we doubt. There are two things that we primarily doubt about God. We doubt His greatness and His goodness. I wrote about God’s greatness the other day and how we should be amazed at His power and His deeds. When we come to Him in prayer, of these two attributes, this is the thing we doubt the least. We know that God is powerful. We believe that He is great. But is He good? Will He really “give good gifts to those who ask Him” (Matthew 7:11, NIV)? Does He really care? Does He really love us? Can we trust His goodness? Absolutely! We are talking about the God who knows the very number of hairs on your head (Matthew 10:30). He is so intensely interested in you that He knows something as seemingly as trivial as that. It matters to God, though. Why? Because you matter to God. I matter to God. He loves us so fiercely and passionately! May you sense and feel that love today! May you taste and see His goodness. May you have the power to grasp the height, width, depth and length of Christ’s love. May we have a better understanding of God’s infinite goodness on this day and in the days to come. Because God is good…all the time.
PRAYER: Help me, O God, to be aware of Your goodness in my life today. Help me to keep faith and not doubt Your love for me. Thank You for Jesus, the ultimate expression of Your love. Amen.
After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.
Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom. — Psalm 145:3 (NIV)
…they were all amazed at the greatness of God. — Luke 9:43 (NIV)
When I was a little Shawn, we said the same prayer at the dinner table each night. “God is great. God is good. Let us thank Him for our food. Amen.” I can still remember it after these many years. As a child, I never really thought about what the words meant. What does it mean that God is great? What does it mean that God is good?
God Is Great
The Hebrew and Greek words that are translated as “great” or “greatness” have to do with God’s deeds. They have to do with His majesty and power. God’s greatness is displayed in His creative works. He spoke and the world came into being. He formed mountains and oceans. He parted the waters of the Red Sea. He shook the earth when Christ was crucified and again when He raised Jesus from the dead. The people’s amazement at the greatness of God in Luke 9:43 was in response to Jesus healing a man and casting a demon out of him. Jesus’ power caused people to wonder in awe at God’s greatness. When was the last time you were awed by God’s greatness? When did you last sit in wonder and amazement at the power, majesty, glory and greatness of God?
PRAYER: God, You are mighty and You are great! I am in awe of who You are. Your power is amazing and Your greatness cannot even be measured. I praise You for Your mighty works. Thank You for doing great things in my life. In the name of Jesus I praise You, amen.
He who walks with the wise grows wise,
but a companion of fools suffers harm. (Proverbs 13:20, NIV)