Wednesday, July 16, 2008

From His Lips

When the soldier came to Jesus and begged Him to heal his servant He was amazed by the soldiers confidence in His words. "... You only need to command it, and my servant will be healed." And He healed the man's servant.

When the waves came up on the lake and the followers cried out to the Lord to save them, interrupted by their unfaithfulness, he spoke to the wind and "... it became completely calm." 

Let all that I am praise the Lord.

   O Lord my God, how great you are!
      You are robed with honor and majesty.
    2 You are dressed in a robe of light.
   You stretch out the starry curtain of the heavens;
    3 you lay out the rafters of your home in the rain clouds.
   You make the clouds your chariot;
      you ride upon the wings of the wind.
 4 The winds are your messengers;
      flames of fire are your servants.

May the glory of the Lord continue forever!
      The Lord takes pleasure in all he has made!
 32 The earth trembles at his glance;
      the mountains smoke at his touch.

 33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live.
      I will praise my God to my last breath!

(parts of Psalm 104)

When Jesus prayed for His followers He called on the power of God's very name to keep them safe and asks, "Make them ready for your service through your truth; your teaching is truth." The words of God hold all power and authority.

The psalmist says that the authority of God is found in the sky, the clouds, the wind, the stars, fire and light. The soldier found the authority in the words of Jesus, literally that He could speak healing. The followers on the boat watched the authority of God when Jesus spoke to the wind and the water became calm. They saw the power of the words of Jesus.

How is Jesus revealing his authority to you?

Is His authority as real to you as it was to the soldier?

Don't give the bible class answer, that we have His authority in the Bible. While that is true, I don't believe that it is the only way God shows Himself to us. ~ One of the greatest mistakes we make is thinking that God is not active in our world because the Bible has a back cover. 

1 comment:

Cheryl Russell said...

It's difficult for me as a spoiled American to really grasp the concept of authority, or someone having authority over me. I know what it means by definition, but don't think I have yet to FULLY grasp the gravity of being in submission to anyone, even God. Still, I do believe that God reveals His authority in Scripture and in life. I know God's authority is a blessing, I just need to learn to willingly submit, even when I don't like it. Right now, God is revealing His authority as we help a friend mourn the sudden death of her father. It's a sad state of affairs, but I do believe that this is part of the authority of God, and that His authority is part of His love.