Step into the Water – December 23, 2016

2016-12-23     

Step into the Water

And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17

When Jesus was baptized, ‘the heavens were opened to Him…And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”’ (vv. 16-17). That day when Jesus stepped into the River Jordan, He was stepping into the fullness of God’s purpose for His life. Those waters were teeming with the sins of mankind. John had baptized multitudes of converts there; their sins figuratively passing from them into the sea of God’s forgetfulness, just like the waters of the River Jordan end up in the Dead Sea. Maybe you’re appalled at the idea of Jesus wading into sin. But He was doing it to fulfil the purpose of God – redemption for you. Jesus was exactly where God wanted Him to be, doing exactly what God wanted Him to do. That’s why His Father announced, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’ There’s a lesson here for you. Doing God’s will sometimes means stepping into messy situations and troubled waters. But when you obey God and do what He says, you won’t have to speak up for yourself or fight for yourself. God will command whatever forces are involved to yield to you, honor you, listen to you, and even bless you. You won’t have to flounder around for the right answer, or wonder if something is right for you. God will give you the ability and resources you need because you’re where He wants you to be, doing what He wants you to do. So the word for you today is ‘step into the water’.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, help me to not be afraid to “step into the water” – knowing that Mercy sometimes is Messy! In Jesus’ name, Amen

 

One comment

  1. Lutheran Bible Translator Becky Grossmann works with the Mann, Dan and Gola languages of Liberia. Just two weeks ago she sent this sentence to friends in the States. It seems like a good conclusion to this devotion, no?
    “We decided to look at a few Psalms today while the translator catches up with the measurement corrections. We found an interesting phrase in Psalm 1:3 “Everything they do can get on water.” This means everything they do succeeds or prospers.”.

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