Today’s Texts and Thoughts of Encouragement
This Shall Turn
“For I am well assured and indeed know that through your prayers and a bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ the Messiah this will turn out for my preservation, for the spiritual health and welfare of my own soul and avail toward the saving work of the Gospel.”
“This Shall Turn”
“This Shall Turn! This thing which speaks denial
To cherished hopes and prayers of many years;
This heavy blow – this overweight of trial,
This, this shall turn, though now there falleth tears.
This Shall Turn! This sudden, swift disaster,
This rapid wreckage of life’s planned-out way
Yes, this shall turn, and heart may beat even faster.
In contemplation of the brighter day.
Yes- This Shall Turn! We’ll say it and believe it!
This, this shall turn, how soon we cannot say!
And happy sight shall truly yet perceive it,
That God HATH TURNED it all in His own way!”
J. Danson Smith
Today’s Study Text:
“So they left the crowd and took Him away in the boat in which He was sitting. There were other boats with Him.”
Goodspeed New Testament
“He was in the ship. And there were also with Him other little ships.”
“The Prince of Peace” – Part 4
“The Small, Little Boats”
“God is seeking childlikness in everyone; and there is something about the dependence of thirsting after righteousness and the simplicity of submitting to the Holy Spirit’s supernatural work that humbles us all like children.”
Pastor Jack Hayford
Glory To Your House
How would I have felt in a little boat following Jesus on the Sea of Galilee?
“The priorities and intentions – the heart or inner attitudes – of disciples are forever the same. In the heart of a disciple there is a desire, and there is decision or settled intent. The disciple of Christ desires above all else to be like Him.”
The Spirit of the Disciplines
“I once read in a Bible commentary that the word ‘Christian’ means ‘little Christ.’ What an honor to share Christ’s name! We can be bold to call ourselves Christians and bear the stamp of His character and reputation. When people find out that you are a Christian, they should already have an idea of who you are and what you are like simply because you bear such a precious name.”
Joni Eareckson Tada
The other day, my husband Jim was reading several familiar passages from the King James Version of the Bible. He stopped all of a sudden and made this observation, “You know, there are times when the version of the Bible you are reading makes a big difference.” Then he brought up Psalm 23 – The Shepherd’s Psalm, as this familiar passage of Scripture is referred to. As he quietly read that particular Psalm, I had to agree with him for the King James translation of one of my childhood favorite Psalms, which I memorized when only eight years old, is an example that sometimes the “old-version” gets a passage in the Bible perfectly. I’ll add the fact that today’s study text is another time when you can’t beat the King James Version of the Bible. Especially the words, “the little boats.”
After a long day of teaching, Jesus asked His disciples to take him across Galilee to the other side of the sea – where the Gentiles lived – the foreigners – the outcasts. It is after this request was made that Christ’s ship started across Galilee and Mark wrote these words: “And there were also with Him other little ships” (Mark 4: 36, K.J.V.)
I love the words: “other little ships.” It’s because I sometimes feel as if I’m a little ship on a tremendously rough sea, battered about, wondering if I am going to make it to the other side. You may have found yourself in the same situation.
Knowing the history of the Sea of Galilee, and the fact that horridly, wild storms often came up without warning, I just wonder if those small, little ships, as the Greek translation reads, thought that their passage on the lake would be safe. Why? Because of the presence of the Master of wind and water in the large ship. They knew they would be traveling with Jesus.
Without apparent hesitation, the boat Jesus occupied was surrounded by “small, little boats.” What trust the occupants of those tiny boats had in Jesus and it made me ask myself, “Dorothy, would you had jumped into your little boat and followed Jesus, trusting Him to get you across to the other side, come what may?”
As we study about our “Prince of Peace,” what amazing confidence we can have that Jesus knows the way. As Grace Noll Crowell so thoughtfully states: “The peace that (Jesus) promised was not immunity from suffering, grief or loss. His peace came from the consciousness that He was doing His Father’s will. Thus is peace established in our hearts also. He faced the storm; we too can face whatever life may bring if we can earnestly and sincerely say, ‘Thy will, O Lord, be done.’”
In his book, Diary of an Old Soul, George MacDonald penned these profound words of commitment to follow where Jesus leads:
“My Lord, I find that nothing else will do,
But follow where Thou goest,
Sit at Thy feet,
And where I have Thee not,
Still run to meet.”
George Mac Donald
Diary of an Old Soul
In all of my reading and studying each day for the preparation of the devotionals, I have been blessed to come upon pieces written by authors down through time whose ability to express their desire for a relationship with the Almighty is profound. Such is today’s Affirmation – one of my favorite poems written by the famed Scottish author, poet and pastor George MacDonald. His literary influence down through time has been marked. As author C. S. Lewis noted, he “regarded MacDonald as his ‘master.’ And Christian author Oswald Chambers wrote in Christian Disciplines, Volume 1 (Published in 1934) that it is a striking indication of the trend and shallowness of the modern reading public that George MacDonald’s books have been so neglected.’”
Today I share with you one of my all-time beloved poems that has positively affected my life to this very day.
“I owned a little boat a while ago,
And sailed the morning sea without a fear;
And whither any breeze might fairly blow
I steered my little craft afar or near.
Mine was the boat,
And mine the air,
And mine the sea,
Nor mine a care.
My boat became my place of mighty toil,
I sailed at evening to the fishing ground;
At morn my boat was freighted with the spoil
Which my all-conquering work had found.
Mine was the boat
And mine the net
And mine the skill
And power to get.
One day there came along that silent shore,
While my net was casting in the sea,
A ‘Man’ who spoke as never man before,
I followed Him; now life began in me.
Mine was the boat,
But His the voice,
And His the call,
Yet mine the choice.
Ah! ‘twas a fearful night out on the lake,
And all my skill availed not at the helm,
Until awaking Him, I cried in fear,
‘Oh, take the helm – lest water overwhelm!’
And His the boat
And His the sea,
And His the peace
Over all and me.
Once from the boat He taught the curious throng,
Then bade me cast my net into the sea;
I murmured, but obeyed, nor was it long
Before the catch amazed and humbled me.
His was the boat,
And His the skill,
And His the catch,
And His my will!”
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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