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The Lord of the Storm

Scripture reading for January 7th:  Genesis 9-11, Mark 4

Key Scriptures:  Genesis 9:11-13 “”I establish My covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”  And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations:  I have set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.””  

Mark 4:37-40 “And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling.  But He was in the stern, asleep on the cushion.  And they woke him and said to Him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”  And He awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace!  Be still!”  And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.  He said to them, “Why were you afraid?  Have you still no faith?””  

When we deal with creation’s awesome power and our human weakness, fear often results.  Because of sin, we fear God’s wrath and coming judgment.  We know death will bring us before God.  But God is merciful and gives us signs of His great mercy and calls us to trust in Him.  To Noah and his family, He provided an ark and gave them the rainbow.  To His disciples, Jesus calmed the storm and called them to faith in His saving grace.

Faith Confession and Prayer:  Lord, a fear of death has been replaced by faith in Your great mercy and saving ability.  You spoke “Peace!  Be still!” to the storms that threatened me.  Help me to rest today on the cushion of Your grace!

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Speaking to the storm!

Scripture reading for February 13th:  Mark 4, Psalm 32, Proverbs 1

Key Scriptures:  Mark 4:37-40 “And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling.  But He was in the stern, asleep on the cushion.  And they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”  And He awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!”  And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.  He said to them, “Why are you so afraid?  Have you no faith?”  And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”

Jesus and His disciples were travelling by boat across the Sea of Galilee when a storm suddenly arose and the disciples feared for their lives.  Jesus was asleep in the back of the boat and the disciples woke Him up for help.  Jesus rebuked the wind and waves.  Then Jesus rebuked them for their fear and lack of faith.  The disciples were filled with awe and pondered the identity of their Master.

Faith’s confession:  I believe that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, has authority over all things.  He is teaching me not to be afraid of life’s storms, but to trust Him in all things, and to speak faith to the storms I encounter, knowing He is with me.  (Action step:  Speak faith and God’s truth to a trial you are encountering or help a friend in trial with prayer and a faith confession.)

Psalm 32:10 “Many are the sorrows of the wicked,  but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.”  

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