Weekly Devotional | October 19, 2017

Finding Calm in the Storm

Clint DeckerClay Center, Kansas – Once after a long day of work, Jesus and His disciples climbed into a boat to cross the sea. They pushed out and settled in for a little break until work would kick back up again on the other side. Some of the disciples, due to their fishing experience, knew how to navigate the waters, so were comfortable on the seas. Jesus immediately laid down and fell asleep.

Very soon however, the winds picked up and they were in the middle of a full-blown storm. The wind speeds were high and created large waves that crashed down on their boat. They began taking on water and became fearful their lives might be lost at sea.

Meanwhile, Jesus continued to sleep. His disciples were agitated at His disconnect from the urgency of the situation. Filled with panic and fear they angrily awoke Him saying, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” (Mark 4:38).

Jesus stood, looked out on the stormy sea and spoke directly to the wind “Calm!” and to the waves “Peace!” The disciples stood in amazement as suddenly the weather changed with the wind stopping and waters resting. They marveled.

Then He turned and confronted their lack of faith in Him. Their eyes fixed on the storm and they became controlled with anxiety and doubt. They lost all sense of reason, as panic took over.

The event communicated how Jesus has the power…

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