"And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you."
To remove a tree from the earth and replace it in the unstable sea, would not be so great a marvel, as to transplant the forgiving and pardoning nature of the Lord Jesus, and make it grow and blossom in our once unbelieving hearts. This is truly a demonstration of power and grace. He has done it for us. As we consider it, let us worship Him today. (Drew Craig - Choice Gleanings)
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"He hath done all things well: He maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak."
This glowing tribute was made to our Lord, following the healing of a man who had both hearing and speech problems. How good it is to find that the whole of Scripture endorses this verdict! Indeed, there is no other person of whom it may truthfully be said, "He has done all things well." In this happy assurance our hearts find deep peace. Our eternal security is in the hands of One who cannot fail! (Selected)
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"It is I; be not afraid."
"It is I," therefore let His people not be afraid. The omnipotent God walks on the waves. Human reasoning judges things in other ways, saying that blind chance or unforeseen circumstances regulate the destiny of man; but the Christian knows it is not thus. "The voice of the Lord is upon the waters." Having seated Himself near the rudder, He guides the small boat, tossed around on the waves, and conducts it in safety to the harbor.
Has He not come to us many times "in the fourth watch of the night" when it seemed that all was lost? When like the apostle Paul we were on the point of being shipwrecked, the tempest so violent that we lost any hope of escape - in that very instant did we not hear the word of Jesus, rising above the noise of the waves, saying to us: "It is I; be not afraid!" (The Lord is Near)
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