For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. ~ Proverbs 1:32-33
What have I to fear? Only let me hearken to the voice of my Lord and the authorities He has blessed me with, and I will have nothing to fear.
And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, ‘Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.’ And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, ‘I will; be thou clean.’ And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. ~ Matthew 8:2-3
Let me never forget to worship when and before and as I petition the Lord. Let me have enough faith to ask for things boldly.
And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, and saying, ‘Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.’ And Jesus saith unto him, ‘I will come and heal him.’ The centurion answered and said, ‘Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, ad he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.’ When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, ‘Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ And Jesus said unto the centurion, ‘Go thy way; and as thou has believed, so be it done unto thee.’ And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour. ~ Matthew 8:5-13
Oh, that I had the faith to ask boldly and believe that what I ask would be “done as I have believed.”
And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, ‘Lord, save us: we perish.’ And he saith unto them, ‘Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?’ Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, ‘What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!’ ~ Matthew 8:24-27
When I feel overwhelmed by the crazy winds of life, I pray that I may always remember that my Lord can calm the winds and the sea, and that I’ll have faith to truly believe that that includes the winds in my life as well.