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It’s stormy out today. Wind is blowing. Rain is falling. Thunder is rolling. This devotional is later than usual because my kids are terrified of bad weather and I wanted to be with them, and get them safely to school before sitting down to right.
It’s stormy out there right now.
And, maybe you don’t live in Petal, or Hattiesburg, or Mississippi. Maybe you are reading this from some other place this morning.
And it may be stormy in your life. Maybe not a litteral storm, but emotional. Spiritual. A real storm.
Listen to what Jesus does today in Mark 4:37-41:
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 still 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?”
Do you not care that we are in a storm? Are you uncaring? Do you not love us? Do you not love us?
It’s scary out there. It’s stormy out there. Don’t you care?
And what does Jesus do? Peace. Be still.
He speaks peace. Because He is peace.
Yes, it’s stormy out there today y’all. Maybe a literal storm. Maybe a storm of unforgivness in your life. Maybe a storm of sin or worry or regret.
Yes, it’s stormy our there today.
And know this. Jesus is your peace. Peace. Be still. He is with you.
Do not fear. Do not be afraid. He is our peace. And He will calm the storm.
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Normally my devotional is a reflection on a passage of scripture assigned for that day. It will come from one of two places. Either from the Mission of St. Claire, a monastic resource that I use each day for my own personal devotional or from the scripture suggested in our Asbury bulletin, you can see that by clicking here.
Today, no long reflection. Just listen to what today’s passage is, from Matthew 8:23-27:
And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”
Wow. The suggested text for today reminds us that even the winds and sea obey Him. During midst of the literally storm here in South Mississippi, to whatever spiritual/emotional storm you are going through. Hear these words.
Yeah. God’s got this