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The Squint of the SPIRIT

February 6

 "And Peter answered HIM and said, LORD, if it be THOU, bid me come unto THEE on the water."  Matthew 14:28





"What men view as a blind leap, GOD views as demonstrable trust."






Among the disciples, Peter possessed an unrivaled abandon toward JESUS.  He was the across the board leader of the twelve, and definitely the most impetuous.  Whether it was the tabernacles at the LORD'S transfiguration; hacking away at Malchus during HIS arrest; or again casting himself into the sea after CHRIST'S resurrection; Peter proved himself recklessly abandoned to his LORD.  It is precisely here though, out on the frontier, where faith thrives the best.  What men view as a blind leap, GOD views as demonstrable trust.  Faith is relatively dormant at the rear lines, but vibrant and brash at the snort of battle.  The flesh will always lull you to: Row, Row, Row Your Boat; the SPIRIT of faith however, casts us into the deep and cries: Hallelujah ... man overboard!  ... and contrary to that cute lil' tune which would move us all gently down the stream, the Christian life is not a breeze, but it really is a battle.  Fright and ingenuity will row the boat, faith will brave the wave!  Sadly though, in deference to the familiar, most go down with their ship when faced with the choices a storm presents. 

"... if it be THOU,"  Don't confuse Peter's words here with the voice of doubt ... it is rather the eye of focus.  "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face:"  Our inner eye of faith is jaded this side of Heaven by our outer eye of sin.  "(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)"  The curse brought with it a cursed myopia and paradoxically, the only anecdote is to look without sight.  "Looking unto JESUS the author and finisher of our faith;"  In response to Peter, JESUS simply replies: "Come."  What a sweet salve for the eye is the voice of the SAVIOR.  There, somewhere just beyond your sight, is where the squint of the SPIRIT brings HIS presence into perfect view.  Where has JESUS beckoned you "come"? (cf. Matthew 11:28)  Stay in the boat if you must; but be warned, every boat men row absent of HIM is one day destined for shipwreck.

"Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:"

For Love of Country
William McKinley (1843 - 1901)
(Inaugural Address; March 4, 1897)
"Our faith teaches that there is no safer reliance than upon the GOD of our fathers ... who will not forsake us so long as we obey HIS commandments and walk humbly in HIS footsteps."

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