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Take God At His Word

‘What He says He will do, He does. What He promises, He makes come true.’
— Numbers 23:19 NCV

We need to learn to take God at His word.

Sounds easy enough, especially when it’s smooth sailing. But in the midst of a storm, even the disciples of Jesus needed a reminder. On one occasion He told them,

Let us go over to the other side. — Mark 4:35 NIV

They did. En route to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, however, their boat encountered “a furious squall” (Mark 4:37 NIV). The sky opened, and buckets of water fell, and waves threatened to upend the boat.

The disciples turned to Jesus and found Him sound asleep! They screamed,

Don’t you care if we drown? — Mark 4:38 NIV

Jesus woke up, stood up, commanded the storm to shut up, and then said to the disciples,

Do you still have no faith? — Mark 4:40 NIV

What a stunning rebuke! The sea was raging; the water was churning. Why did Jesus scold them?

Simple. They didn’t take Him at His word. He said they were going to the other side. He didn’t say, “We are going to the middle of the lake to drown.” Jesus had declared the outcome. But when the storm came, the disciples heard the roar of the winds and forgot His word.

Storms are coming your way. Winds will howl, your boat will be tossed, and you will have a choice.

Will you hear Christ or the crisis?

Heed the promises of Scripture or the noise of the storm?

Will you take God at His word?

What has God told you that He will do? What has He promised you?  He is faithful to cause His promises to come true!


Dear Lord God, What an amazing God you are! I celebrate your loving kindness. I confess and repent of every sin of doubt and unbelief. Help me to take you at your word in all circumstances. May my faith rise above the storms. May your promises and words always prevail and be fruitful in my life. Let it be to me according to your word
In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen