Matthew 17:5 — “While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, Hear Him!”
God the Father affirmed Jesus’ mission on earth to take the sins of the world upon Him. This was confirmation to the disciples that Jesus was and is the promised Messiah. We should listen for God’s voice “Hear Him” and then heed what He tells us. God loves us so much, He wants what’s best for us, He just desires that we listen to Him and believe what He says, and then put that belief into action. God will take care of the rest!
John 21:15-19 “So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My Lambs.”
Jesus asked Peter three (3) times if he love Him, remember Peter denied Jesus three (3) times and Jesus now, after His resurrection was gently bringing Peter back. Jesus knew Peter loved Him but Peter needed reassurance that Jesus still trusted him, because Peter was devastated! Peter was confident and bold when he told Jesus that he would even die for Jesus if it came to that. Then, just as Jesus told him, Peter denied him at a time when it really came down to doing what he said. So Peter now was not as sure of himself and was ashamed of his failure to keep his word. Jesus does that to us, when we fail Him, he gently brings us back and maintains His confidence in us. It’s up to us to trust in the Lord and return to the mission He has prepared for us. I love this story, because it gives me assurance that Jesus loves me and cares for me as much as He does Peter. That’s how God loves us!
Psalm 34:7 — “The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them.”
Do you fear God? Fear means to stand in awe, or to reverence. When we fear the Lord, when we stand in awe of Him because of who He is, and we really trust in Him, that’s what the “fear of the Lord” really means, to trust in Him. When we trust Him, the angel of the Lord encamps, is present, sets up residence around us, and when we are in trouble or have difficulties, He delivers us out of them.
May God richly bless you today – Pastor Dean