August 5, 2015

Mark 4_40

Mark 4:35-41

Jesus and his disciples caught in a storm on the lake in a small boat, not the perfect place to be. Many of the disciples were fishermen who knew the Sea of Galilee was renowned for this type of storm. More often than not, things did not end well. Even traveling with Jesus for some time, the storm led to them panic while Jesus was sound asleep. When awakened, he does not panic, no, Jesus gets up and rebukes the storm and it is still.

It is a pretty simple lesson for you and me to follow. We are not in control; Jesus is. He can rebuke the storms in our lives at any stage if we will just trust fully in His ability to do so. Even the storm is not calmed at first and seems to rage on forever, if we hold on to Jesus then we know we will survive. I believe that God gets us through storms of life, as we look to him in faith, and for support.

We need to relax and put our trust fully in God and roll with the waves, and we need to keep our focus on Him not on the storm.

Prayer: Lord, when the storms of life come around me, help me trust in you and focus on you. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Dieter Punt, Pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Troutman, NC.

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