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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, January 14, 2019
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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:
Although the disciples had witnessed many miracles, they panicked in this storm. As experienced sailors, they knew its danger; what they did not know was that Christ could control the forces of nature. We often encounter storms in our life, where we feel God can’t or won’t work. When we truly understand who God is, however, we will realize that he controls both the storms of nature and the storms of the troubled heart. Jesus’ power that calmed this storm can also help us deal with the problems we face. [Jesus] He is willing to help if we only ask Him. We should never discount his power even in terrible trials. (NLT)
Matthew 8:23-27 – Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. Suddenly, a terrible storm came up, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went to him and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
And Jesus answered, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he stood up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly all was calm. The disciples just sat there in awe. “Who is this?” they asked themselves. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”
Quoted verse: [Jesus] replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. –Matthew 8:26 (NIV)
“Story” – Mary Nyokabi Penparadise (Kiambu, Kenya) titled her story “IN THE SAME BOAT;” here is a portion of Mary’s story:
“I had just finished my primary education and by God’s grace had passed and been the best in my region. . . . I remember that my friends kept telling me that God was good to me; but I was troubled. . . . I was worried that although I had passed and been called to a national school, my family would not be able to afford to send me. My faith assured me that God, who had been with me this far, would see me through. . . .
“I thought of the time when Jesus and his disciples were crossing over to the other side of the lake. Even though the disciples knew that Jesus was in the boat with them, they were still troubled. We do the same. Jesus is in the boat with us, but when trouble comes we forget that we can depend on someone greater than the trouble we are going through. In fact, Jesus was asleep all along because he knew there was no reason to panic. . . .
“I eventually received a scholarship that took me through my four years in school. When we remember that Jesus is in the boat with us, we can trust him to calm the storms.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will remember that Jesus is in the boat with me.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to remember who you are and that you are with us, even in times of trouble. Amen.
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