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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, June 19, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
The disciples lived with Jesus, but they underestimated Him. They did not see that His power applied to their very own situation. Jesus has been with his people for 20 centuries, and yet we, like the disciples, underestimate His power to handle crises in our lives. The disciples did not yet know enough about Jesus. We cannot make the same excuse. (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?”
Neither death, nor life . . . nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. –Romans 8:38-39 (NRSV)
Patricia Wilgis-Patton (Texas) titled her story “CALMED STORMS;” here is a portion of Patricia’s story:
“. . . Similarly, the storms of life assault us with little or no warning. Winds of change scream and howl. We are tossed up on the shore like driftwood, where we may find ourselves lying among the wreckage of serious health problems, ruptured family relationships, or broken dreams.
“When we face hard times, grief and pain can dominate our days and fear may visit us in the middle of the night. Like the disciples, we cry out, ‘Lord, do you not care that we are perishing?’ Jesus may not instantly command these winds and waves, ‘Be still!’ But he does say to us, ‘Peace!’ He speaks with loving-kindness to comfort and strengthen us.
“Scripture reminds us that our Lord will never leave us or forsake us. We are encouraged to cast all our cares, concerns, hurts, fears, and pain on God because God cares for us. . . .”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When life seems to be falling apart, Jesus can give me peace.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for hearing our prayers and giving us your peace in the stormy times of our lives. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/