Category Archives: Inspiration

Peace in the Storm

“Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. 27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” — Matthew 8: 23-27 23  The Bible, NIV, Accessed through Bible Gateway.com

In this story we see those four little words Jesus said often during his time on Earth.  “You of little faith.” I can hear the exasperation in his voice as I read them.

I learned a lesson about trusting God in the middle of a storm in August when a major storm hit our community.  I awoke in the middle of the night to the sound of trees falling all around me and headed toward Bob’s study where he was working.  When I got to the living room the lights went out and I could hear the ominous low growl of thunder and see the flashes of lightning.  I could also tell the wind was blowing very hard still hearing trees crashing down.

It was at that point that I had my 30 second panic, screaming and crying, sure it was tornado and that we would die.  Bob finally made his way to where I was in the dark and guided me to the couch where we sat with our arms around each other and the cat on our laps riding out the storm.  As a sense of calm came over me I started singing, “blessed quietness, holy quietness…” I remember how Jesus had rebuked the storm and told our storm to “cut it out.” It finally ended and we learned it was likely not a tornado but straight line winds of 120 mph.  Although the area around us looked like a war zone we had no real damage.

If we trust in God storms will be calmed.  So when those physical storms rage around us or internal storms rage within us let us take a few deep breaths and remember the words of Jesus to his disciples, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”

Dig a Little Deeper:  How have you experienced calm in the storm?

And Who is My Neighbor?

Jesus often taught by asking questions.  He also told a good story as a teaching tool (the parables).  I chose the Parable of the Good Samaritan as an example of both.  This is also a message we need to hear today. It is clear, plain and needs no interpretation.  All we need to do is live it.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[c]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[d]

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[e] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”  —Luke 10:25-37, New International Version, Accessed from Bible Gateway.com

 

Dig a Little Deeper:   

Who is your neighbor?

Going the Extra Mile

Copyright 2017 by R. A. Robbins

38 You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’[h] 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.”  –

— Jesus. Matthew 5:39-51, NIV, Accessed from Biblegateway.com

 

This is one of those difficult teachings of Jesus that we would like to cut out of our Bible’s isn’t it?  It definitely goes against our Western sensibilities.

 

Dig a Little Deeper: 

What are some ways you can go that extra mile with someone in your own life?

:) Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” —  Jesus, Matthew 5:3, NIV (New International Version), accessed from BibleGateway.com

So who are the poor in spirit?  The version of this in Luke 6:20 says simply blessed are the poor.

Those poor in the material things of this world have a special place in God’s heart?  Why?  Because they must recognize their dependence on God for their sustenance.

The poor in spirit are hungry for the things of God.  We are blessed when we seek after God for not only our physical sustenance but our spiritual sustenance as well.

Resources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_5

https://www.catholic.com/qa/who-are-the-poor-in-spirit

https://blog/biblesforamerica.org/blessed-are-the-poor-in-spirit

 

Dig a Little Deeper:

Do you hunger for God?  

:) The Rebel Jesus

Dig a Little Deeper: 

How would the Rebel Jesus respond

to our world culture and situations?

 

(Please respond to these questions with your reactions in the comments area of these posts. Everyone wants to know your thoughts about these challenges.

The world can be changed only if we follow our spiritual leaders, talk about it, and act upon it.

— Bob R.)