Daily Devotion for December 14, 2016

'Hush, Be Still'

Mark 4:35 - 41 NASB
On that day, when evening came, He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him.
And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. Jesus Himself 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 got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They became very much afraid and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”

Story...

Yesterday evening there was “a fierce gale of wind” in my head and heart. Boy, were my worries and frustrations “breaking over the boat!” As I was sitting in bed, churning over things I had heard (wringing my hands!), I was mad at myself for being so upset because I knew my good God was in control…

Since my heart was feeling so “stormy,” I did the best thing to do: I started praying and reading God's Word. As the minutes went by, the “fierce gale” in my heart began to lessen. As the minutes went by, His peace trickled in...

When I came to the story about Jesus stilling the sea, His words “Hush, be still” seemed to be just for me. And as I imagined Him asking me, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”...I took a deep breath. My Savior and I—had I forgotten we were in the SAME BOAT? Had I forgotten my King was RIGHT BESIDE ME? Kind of funny to be worked up about anything, when one has the great “I AM” at your side—the One who commands and controls everything, “even the wind and the sea...”

Lord Jesus, we Believers praise You for always being right in the SAME BOAT with us! We praise You today for NEVER LEAVING OUR SIDE—even when our faith waivers! Draw our worried hearts to You and Your Word today, Savior! Help our stormy hearts hear Your soothing Words to “Hush, be still”...as You stay with us and guide us through every moment of every day of our lives...

We ask this in Your name, Jesus (thank You for always being with us IN the boat!)...

AMEN!!!

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