All scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, New International Version.
Key Verse: Psalm 43:2
Before Jesus began his ministry, His disciples were mostly skilled workers, hoping to spend their lives pursing their own dreams. Then Jesus showed up and asked them to follow Him. Since they were fascinated by the great Rabbi, they trusted Him. But one day, Jesus said to them, “Let’s go to the other side of the lake”. Without knowing why, they got into a boat. Then a life-threatening storm came. The disciples were frightened and surprised at the same time. Here was a great storm, bad enough to take their lives. But Jesus lay quietly on the boat, sleeping!
Many of us have found ourselves in similar situations. Perhaps at one time, you were doing something you thought was important to you. Then came Jesus. But after following Him, you’ve now found yourself in what seems like a life-threatening storm. Like the disciples, you are now surprised that while you are being confronted by challenges, it seems as if He is sleeping. I’ve learned that God uses crises to build our faith. Recall that when Jesus rebuked the storm, He said to His disciples, “Where is your faith?”
Don’t be frightened by the storms in your life. God is with you.
Prayer/Confession: Father, my trust is in you. Amen.
REFERENCES/FURTHER STUDY: Mark 4:38-39; Psalm 40
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