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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, December 9, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
The disciples panicked because the storm threatened to destroy them all, and Jesus seemed unaware and unconcerned. Theirs was a physical storm, but storms come in other forms. Think about the storms in your life—the situations that cause you great anxiety. Whatever your difficulty, you have two options: You can worry and assume that Jesus no longer cares, or you can resist fear, putting your trust in him. When you feel like panicking, confess your need for God and then trust him to care for you. (NLT)
Mark 4:35-41 – As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” He was already in the boat, so they started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm arose. High waves began to break into the boat until it was nearly full of water.
Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. Frantically they woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you even care that we are going to drown?”
When he woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the water, “Quiet down!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. And he asked them, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still not have faith in me?”
And they were filled with awe and said among themselves, “Who is this man, that even the wind and waves obey him?”
Jesus asked [the disciples], “Why are you frightened? Don’t you have faith yet?” –Mark 4:40 (CEB)
Maya Schroeder (Montana) titled her story “WIND AND WAVES;” here is a portion of Maya’s story:
“. . . As I remembered that story from Mark 4, I knew that the disciples’ experience was similar to ours in the canoe. They were fearful, even with Jesus in the boat with them. But after Jesus calmed the storm, they were in awe of his power. When life leads us into rough waters and we are nervous and scared, we can remember to put our faith in Jesus. When we fully trust him, we won’t be afraid.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – What fears can I release to God today?
Prayer: Dear Lord, give us faith in you so that we are not afraid of stormy seas, as we pray, “Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen” (Matt.6:9-13, KJV). Amen.
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