Day 21 – He is our Help
During Midweek service our student ministry reads through a chapter of scripture and then we use the S.O.A.P method to unpack the truths we find and share them at the end. The last couple weeks the students, individually, didn’t find a verse that stuck out to them. So instead, we discussed the chapter in its entirety. We are reading through Matthew. In chapter 8 we read that Jesus, on one side of the sea is doing what He does when he travels, He goes about doing good and healing people. The people are bringing everyone to him to be healed and helped. He is even casting out demons. Then He gets into a boat, calms the sea and crosses to the other side. There, again, He casts out demons but the people beg him to leave. We were fascinated! We wondered if the people on both sides of the sea observed Him calm the sea. What was so different about these two sides who experience Jesus but had totally different outcomes in their hearts.
Matthew 8:9-10 9 For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith.
We respond the same way. At times we can have great faith just like the centurion who said to Jesus, ” I understand authority, if You send the word it will be done.” This man’s faith was refreshing to Jesus. At other times we are like the Gadarenes people who were more concerned about their property than they were to see two men restored to wholeness and in their right minds. Either way, Jesus revealed the hearts of men by what He said and what He did. Life is not about circumstances, it’s about heart stances. – Tweet That!
How we respond to every circumstance in life reveals where our heart is. There is no help without a true understanding of where we are. You can not fix what you will not admit. Jesus knows that all things begin at the core. Jesus always goes after the hearts of men because He is our help. Real help starts at the root.
PRAYER: Jesus, help us to not just look at the circumstances or symptoms in life but to dig a little deeper to the heart of the issues we have with how we see You and what we think You are able to be to us in life. You are my help in time of need.
Are you full of stress and anxiety? Have you been able to back away from the circumstances and look at the situation from God’s point of view? He has a full sight line on the heart. Ask Him to reveal what stance your heart has today.
Thanks for Listening,