Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Mark 6:47-52 commentary: call on Him

47 And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. 48 And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. 49 But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: 50 For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. 51 And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. 52 For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.

Call out to God.

Christian man or woman, boy or girl, did God hear your voice this morning when you woke up?

Psalm 5:3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

Did God hear your voice at noon and at night?

Psalm 55:17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.

Do you have a Hollywood Jesus who expects nothing from you but feigned, lisping spirituality, and benign neglect? Or do you have a Saviour who speaks to you through His words in His Book? Do you speak to God in prayer often?

1Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

Romans 12:12b… continuing instant in prayer;

Do you listen to men who love Christ exhort you with things from His own words in His Book?

By the way, Jesus is not walking on ice or running like the lizard you’ve seen on the Discovery Channel as some foolish skeptics have blasphemously suggested. He is walking on water and stops and talks. “Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.” This is a violation of natural law, a miracle.

He’ll respond to your cry with comfort. He will take away your fear. Call to Him. He will answer you when you cry out to Him when you are toiling with rowing, when the wind is contrary to you, when every breath is a struggle, your body and mind ache, and your getting to the other side is in doubt. Think of those words…” it is I; be not afraid.”

Have you not considered what He has done for you? If you believe in Him He has saved you in spite of yourself from an eternity of agony and suffering which is common to all men. Your trouble here is but a moment in time. A hard heart is one of unbelief, one that won’t listen, one that won’t change, and be receptive to what Christ has for them. Maybe you’ve hardened your heart so you won’t trust Him. Maybe your heart is so hard you won’t even believe Him at all. Maybe, if you aren’t His yet, He’ll walk on by without your calling out to Him.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

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