Our Lifeguard Walks on Water!

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in Signboard | 0 comments

The message on our signboard said:

NEED A LIFEGUARD?

OURS WALKS ON WATER!

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This message was posted on July 17, 2017 (and yes- this message does tend to make a re-appearances each summer!).  It refers to the account of Jesus walking on the water.

Here’s how Matthew put it:

Matthew 14:24-33

Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves.  About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water.  When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!”

27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!”  Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said.

So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.  But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.

31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”

32 When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped.   Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation ®, copyright © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.

Who’s YOUR Lifeguard?

All of us run into trouble.  Life has a lot of twists and turns, and it keeps running into dark valleys and rough times.  Sometimes we just need to cry out “HELP!!!” Help - Hands reaching-40805__180

But what do you do when things get really tough?

The Bible reminds us that we can’t look within.  We can’t depend solely on our own strength and “pull ourselves up by our bootstraps.”  We need to take what we do have and “give it to God”- just like the boy with the five loaves of bread and two small fish (John 8:5-13), God uses our efforts, but He’s the one who feeds us or pulls us from the water.

It seems that David was writing about lifeguards when he wrote Psalm 18:16-19:

He reached down from heaven and rescued me;  he drew me out of deep waters.

He rescued me from my powerful enemies,  from those who hated me and were too strong for me.

They attacked me at a moment when I was in distress,   but the Lord supported me.

He led me to a place of safety;  he rescued me because he delights in me.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation ®, copyright © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.

An article written  by a real-life lifeguard appeared in the July 26, 2017 issue of Our Daily Bread.  Click Here to check it out.

 

God promises that HE will supply the strength we need to pull ourselves out of the water.  In fact, even if we can’t do any of the pulling, He will save us.  Here’s how David put it (Psalm 121):

I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!
Holy Bible, New Living Translation ®, copyright © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.

“My help comes from the Lord- the one who made heaven and earth!!!”

Can you have a better lifeguard than that?

 

Are you going through a rough time right now? Need a “Lifeguard”? Here are some resources on our website that might be helpful…

 

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