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Read Matthew 14:22-33 The story of Peter walking on water.
For whatever God says to us is full of living power; it is sharper than the sharpest dagger, cutting swift and deep into our innermost thoughts and desires with all their parts, exposing us for what we really are. Hebrews 4:12 (TLB)
Bob LaForge, from New Jersey, took his family to see a musical. After it was over, he asked everyone what they liked most about it. His daughter, who plays piano, said that she liked the songs the best. His other daughter, who like to read, was intrigued by the story. His wife, who is a people person, enjoyed watching how the audience reacted to what was happening. They all saw the same musical, but they each were affected by a difference aspect of it.
The same is true of the Bible. The Holy Spirit can take any story and speak different things to us depending on what we need to hear at the time. Matthew 14:22-33 is the story of Jesus, and then Peter, walking on the sea. Someone who is going through trials may see how Jesus comes to us in our distress. Someone who is struggling with doubt may see how Peter did something extraordinary by simply trusting Jesus. And someone who is wondering about prayer may see the effectiveness of Peter's prayer, "Lord, save me!"
When we read and study the Bible, it is amazing how personal the word of God can be. Through scripture, God speaks to our individual hearts and tells us what we need to hear.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, create in our hearts a desire to read the Bible and get to know you. Speak to us in our study that we may be inspired, challenged, and transformed, in Jesus' name. Amen