Friday, February 26, 2016

Read Mark 4-6

Highlight: Mark 4:37-41

A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.  Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

 

Oh, to be like Jesus, resting contently in the midst of a storm! The disciples woke him up questioning, “Don’t you care …?” People tend to mistake worry for caring. We feel it is our duty to fret and obsess about things over which we have no control.

What is worry? Does it ever change an outcome? What if we worry about something and it does come to pass? Has our worry been beneficial or does it just magnify our negative reaction to the circumstances? How often does our fretting become a self-fulfilling prophecy? We worry so much about things that never come to pass. It is time spent in agonizing fear and futile energy directed toward that which is not real. False Evidence Appearing Real

2 Timothy 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control]. Amplified Bible

Of course we are to be concerned for one another. We see those we love taking a treacherous path or making foolish life choices. The world is full of danger, trials, and sickness. We pray for God’s guidance to know what we should do, for the power to do it, and to leave the rest in His capable hands.

If we are in the boat with Jesus are we going to pray to Jesus or are we going to pray to the storm? Worrying is praying to the storm! When we shift our focus to the One who has the power to calm the storm and stop trying to figure out a way to be the power to calm the storm is when we find faith. It’s when we can rest contently with waves crashing over the boat.

 

Prayer

Dear Lord, thank you for the peace we find in you alone. Thank you for rescuing us from the storms of this life and for all eternity. Help us to recognize when our healthy compassion gives way to obsessive worry. Please speak to us the same words you asked your disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Help us to trust you when we don’t understand. Allow us to grow to know you more and more, to be overcome not by the storm but by your awesome, limitless power and glory. Thank you Jesus! Thank you Jesus! In your Holy name, Amen

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