I started reading the Bible pretty regularly fairly early in my life (maybe age 35-40) It was quite a bit later when I started reading a devotional every day. In fact it was in 2000, after I went on a “Walk to Emmaus”, in my weekly ‘Reunion Group’ they would start their meetings by reading that day’s devotional from My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers. Someone gave me a copy, and I started reading it (every day). I’d write down what it meant to me. Then I’d compare my daily Bible verse from my list with Oswald’s point(s), and I’d try to figure out what God was trying to say to me from those two sources, taken together. I got some amazing revelations from Him in those little sessions. I’m still doing that, 15 years later. But now I’ve started including two or three additional daily devotionals from various writers, like Brennan Manning, or Charles Stanley, or Max Lucado, or Alistair Begg, all of whom I respect as committed men of God. In my journal I write down the most important point from each one’s post for that day, and then compare them to see how they fit together. Again, major revelations appear from those short readings and comparisons. Continue reading
Matt. 14:28-30. “And Peter answered [Jesus] and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
This is a great story! It has all the ingredients of a growing relationship with Jesus. Everybody knows that Jesus walked on water. There are three times in the Bible that mention Jesus “walking on water” or “walking on the sea”. Often people use this as ‘best evidence’ of Jesus deity, that He was able to walk on water, when no one else could. But this was Peter, just a common, ordinary human, like you and me. They didn’t wear pants in those days, but if they had, he would have put his pants on one leg at a time, just like you and me. Peter did a lot of good stuff in his time on the earth, but he also did some bad stuff, and occasionally some really stupid stuff. But Jesus chose him, and Jesus loved him. And Peter walked on water.
There had to be something going on in Peter’s heart (and imagination) for him to even think to say, “Lord, if it’s you, make me walk on the water.” Continue reading