Searching for Jesus

When the disciples saw Him walking on the lake, they were terrified. 'It is a ghost!' they said and cried out in fear

Matthew 14:26
1 Kings 19:9, 11-13; Psalm 85:9-14; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:22-33

“Lord, give us a miracle,” we pray. But that’s not usually what we mean. Our problem with miracles is that they’re so erratic, so unpredictable. They may occur here; they may occur there; it depends on something else. We say, “It depends on God.” And that’s the problem. We can’t know for sure what’s going to happen if it depends on God. God is not predictable, in this sense.

“Lord give us a miracle,” we pray, but it isn’t a miracle we want, it’s magic. Magic is possessable, and it’s predictable. And that’s the difference between faith and magic. Faith is Jesus broken and “sweating as if it were great drops of blood” and saying, “Lord, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; nevertheless, not My Will but Yours be done” (Lk. 22:42).

Are we ever satisfied with that “If” Jesus gives us? Wouldn’t we prefer someone who would provide us with an “absolutely” instead? Faith is not always “sweetness and…

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