Devotion: Monday, June 25, 2018

A Biblical, Christ-filled word to bless your lives. 

Welcome to “Word from The Center” MONDAY, a devotional word from the Center of our faith, Jesus Christ, reflections from His Word. I’m Gregory Seltz. Today’s verse is from Mark 4:35-41, where the Scripture says,

And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 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?” 39 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. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 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?”

Real Help in the Storms of Life!

This is one of my most favorite events in the Scripture because it testifies to the uniqueness of Jesus, the majesty of Jesus, and the loving heart of Jesus for you and me. Here He is in this lesson with people just like you and me. He is there in the midst of the terrors of the moment. In fact, the Bible says that Jesus not only entered into our world to experience what we experience. He literally took upon Himself the eternal ramifications of our sin, our death, and the righteousness judgment that we deserved. So what’s a little tempest in a teapot to Him? What’s a little storm in life compared to suffering God’s righteous judgement in our place? Well, Jesus doesn’t differentiate that way… He comes to take on both for you and me, so that we can be brought through all of that to life with Him forever.

There’s so many things in this passage today that can bless us. The extent to which God was in Christ willing to save us is amazing. He leaves the power of the heavens to be born in a manger. He is willing to be vulnerable to the world that is in rebellion to its Creator. He is willing to serve to the point of exhaustion, to sacrifice even to the point of the cross. Why? Because He loves us with a magnificent love. Yet, we, like the disciples often ask, “Jesus, don’t you care?” When He stopped the storm that day, they merely got a glimpse of the power that He would unleash through His suffering, death, and resurrection for them. You and I get to see the fullness of that reality as we read the Scriptures every day.

So, remember, today, Jesus wants you to put your trust in Him, in the middle of the storms you may be facing. He doesn’t enjoy the terror any more than we do. But He’s the One who can always see you through it. He can help you overcome it. If you must face it, He can even make it a blessing to you and to others in spite of it. In fact, He promises that nothing in this life will separate you from Him, from His love, from His life and salvation.

In the middle of despair, that’s when faith in Jesus holds! And that’s the power that God wants for your life today, the power of faith in Jesus Christ, the One who is ruler of the wind and the waves, the One who is your Lord and Savior, and mine as well.

PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, I don’t always know why you allow things to happen in my life. But when they do, give me even greater faith to trust in your purposes in my life for others. AMEN.