We went to church this Sunday, like we always do, and, like always, were 15 minutes late. We are always late because of a different person. Sometimes it’s my Mom. Usually it’s because of one of my sisters. And it’s rarely my Dad. Sometimes it’s me. But usually that’s because my sisters take a 35 minute shower when we have 45 minutes to an hour until we have to leave. Although, to give them a little slack, about 10% of the time it’s because I was playing around. (That wasn’t very much slack.)
Anyways, in Sunday school we talked about a lot of different things. Stuff like would we get out of the boat just like Peter did in Matthew 14:22-46. If you don’t know the story, here it is…
Jesus Walks on the Water
22Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24but the boat was already a considerable distance[a] from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 25During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
34When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. 35And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him 36and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)
You can read all of Matthew chapter 14 in your Bible, or if you don’t have one, you can go to www.biblegateway.com. It has the whole bible and every version of the Bible. I prefer the New International Version. It’s more simple to me.
So, for that, my Sunday school class talked about would we get out of the boat and trust Jesus if we were Peter. I want you to comment on what you would do. Would you stay in the boat or go out. I said that I would probably stay in. A lot of people said they would stay in and some said they would go out in my class. A follow up question after that was have we been in a situation where we needed to “get out of the boat” or “stay in the boat”. I want you to comment on that also.
Then we moved on to other subjects. Now to explain the title of this post. One of the following subjects was about how we are always hungry for food and thinking about food. Well, most of the time we are. We usually have about 4 meals a day by the time we have all the snacks and goodies. There are two topics we can get from this. The first one is that a lot of us are hungry for mortal food, but we need to look for spiritual food. We need to look for God’s word instead of looking for something in the refrigerator.
How many of us do devotions every day, or at least every two or three days. I know I don’t. And I know that I should do more. We should try to read a chapter, or if it is a long chapter, at least half of the chapter. We should do this everyday either in the morning, evening, afternoon, whenever! We need to just try to do them.
A follow up question to that though was, How do we do the devotions? Do we just read a quick chapter, pray to God, and then forget about it the rest of the day or week? We need to do the devotions and then try to live what we read. Not just push it out of our brains and leave all the valuable information behind! We need to grasp it and hold on to it forever.
The second topic we can get from the food example, was that we need to think of others and how we can grab some chips or a sandwhich whenever we want. But others in the world have almost nothing to eat. We are so blessed to have all this food! Now what are we going to do with it? Are we going to have 4 meals while others have 1 or 2. We need to think about this a lot more and maybe give some up for the less fortunate. Hear is another scripture verse in the bible about leaving some wheat for the poor and not going back over the things that we missed in the field…
19 When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the alien, the fatherless and the widow, so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. 20 When you beat the olives from your trees, do not go over the branches a second time. Leave what remains for the alien, the fatherless and the widow. 21 When you harvest the grapes in your vineyard, do not go over the vines again. Leave what remains for the alien, the fatherless and the widow. 22 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt. That is why I command you to do this. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)
That is Deuteronomy 24:19-22 if you want to look it up. I want you to think on all of this and also comment. Remember, I want you to comment on…
- Would you stay in the boat or would you have gone out onto the water if you were Peter?
- What is a situation that you had to choose to “Stay in the boat” or “Go out of the boat” and be brave and trust in Jesus.
You can comment on anything else I wrote in here also. The food example, the follow up questions, anything! Well, I hope you enjoyed my post. Please comment! And remeber to try to do your devotions! Hey, here is another scripture verse for you to think on!
Giving to the Needy
1“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
2“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 3But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (The Holy Bible, New International Version) (Matthew 14)
Well, Thanks again!