Expect an encounter with God in your trials and as you encounter Him, surrender. ~ June CroonOur God tells us that faith without works is dead (James 2:14).
Faith, without corresponding action (works) is dead. So, we must put action to our faith in order to see results.
Peter had faith, but it wasn't until he put action to his faith that he received a miracle. And that corresponding action was miracle-producing. Peter was in the middle of a violent storm on the sea. This experienced fisherman was terrified. Now that is a trial! And he was about to encounter Jesus in the midst of his ordeal.
Peter had to have expectation. He had to have surrendered his will to the Will of Jesus, Who bid Peter to come to Him, otherwise he never would have left the security of the boat. Even though the boat was violently tossed about like a toy in a bathtub, I'm sure he felt more secure than stepping out of the boat into the fiercely crashing waves. Peter had faith with works!
His corresponding action was:
He put his one leg over the side of the boat.
Then the other leg.
He then had to let go of the sides of the boat.
And stand up. (Can you picture yourself doing that?)
He had to then move one foot in front of the other.
Standing on water was one thing, but now to take steps? In order to experience the historical miracle of walking on water in the midst of the ferocious storm, Peter had to expect an encounter with His Lord and Master.
And I can imagine that as he started to drown, Peter surrendered his will over to The Only One Who Could Save Him.
If we want to grow,
If we want to change,
If we want to receive miracles in our circumstances,
If we want to encounter our God in the midst of our trials,
Then we, too, must EXPECT. Expecting is an action - a corresponding action - to belief.
And once we have encountered The Holy, Living God in our trials, surrender to Him -
To His Will,
To His Truth,
To His Love,
To His Power,
To His Word.
The word "surrender" is also a verb meaning to yield; to give up one's self into the power of another (which in this case is God Almighty).
There is no greater action we can take than to expect to encounter Jesus and then surrender ourselves to The All Encompassing, All For-our-good, Love of God.
He WILL cause all the trials He met us in to work together for our good. And on that we can place our expectancy!
I'd love to hear your thoughts on expecting and surrendering. Please share with us!
Because of Him and Unto Him,