Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Even the Storm Obeys Him

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

10th February 2013

The storms of life will always be with us.

In Mark chapter 4 we are told that when Jesus was tired He suggested to His disciples that they leave the crowd and take a boat to the other side of the Sea of Galilee.

Jesus was asleep in the stern of the boat when a furious storm arose and the disciples feared that the boat would sink.

They woke Jesus; He got up, rebuked the wind and stilled the waves.

The wind died down and it was completely calm.

Then Jesus said to his terrified disciples,

“Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (V.40)

Like the disciples, it is unlikely that we could go through the coming week, month or year without some disturbance to our lives.

It may be trivial like the iron not working, or more seriously the current economic crisis may have started to take its toll on you, or even worse some shattering news that could affect your life completely, such as the diagnosis of a serious illness or the loss of a loved one.

There will be times in our busy lives when we need to step aside from the crowd and rest awhile.

There will be occasions when we need to take time out, time to be still and listen to God.

If we are troubled there will be times when we need to talk to Jesus and share with Him those matters, fears and concerns that are real and urgent in our lives.

These are the times when we need to call on our faith and rest in Jesus as He calms the storms of our lives.

That’s easy to say, but not so easy to do at times of fear and concern.

Yet remember, we are not alone. Jesus said in Matthew 28:20,

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

The disciples panicked at the height of the storm and their faith was questioned.

We will surely face times of difficulty when our faith will be put to the test. Christians were never promised an easy path without any storms.

But we can be “confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)

Why not take some time out this week to share your storms with the Lord and allow Him to calm them and you.

If you do you’ll be amazed, as were the disciples.

"Who is this?" they said, "Even the wind and the waves obey Him!" (Mark 4:41)

Have a good week sharing with Jesus and seeing that He cares enough to calm your storms.

Pastor Barry

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