Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Easter: Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Old Testament Lesson

1 Samuel 16:1-13

One of the great truths of the story of David is that it did not appear to the eyes of Samuel that David would be the one to be king. But, God knew what He was doing. Sometimes, the things that God may ask us to do will not make sense. Samuel probably didn't know why God was wanting him to anoint David as king, he was the youngest, he was out working the the sheep. But, God knew.

In times when we don't know why God is calling us to do something, but we know that we know that we know He is calling, let us trust in Him. It is easy to follow God when we know where He is going. It is much harder when we are unsure of the way. Today, even if we are not sure where God is calling, let us follow Him.

New Testament Lesson

Ephesians 3:14-21

This passage has one of my favorite phrases in all scripture. Here Paul tells us to be deeply rooted in Christ, and that in being deeply rooted, we will be able to know this love that surpasses knowledge. Think about that for a minute and try not to get a headache. We can know a love. . . that surpasses knowledge.

That is how great God's love is. Our minds cannot understand the height or breath of it. He love literally defies our human understanding. Yet, through His grace, we can know that love. That means we are loved more than we can possible ever understand. Oh, how great is our savior's love for us!

Gospel Lesson

Matthew 8:18-27

One of the things that we see in Jesus is that He demands the trust of His people. The ones that wanted to follow, Jesus knew that they didn't fully trust in Him, for they had other things that they had to do first, before they would follow. Even the disciples, in the midst of the storm, they have lost faith and trust, and before He calms the storm, He asks them why they have so little faith?

Sometimes in life storms will come along that can make us want to lose our faith, lose our trust. In those times, that is when we must hold on the most. For in is in the moments that can create doubt, that we need our faith the most. Today, in the storms of life that are raging all around us, let us hold onto our faith.

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