Devotional 5/28

Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”  Mark 4:38

Boats only sink when the things on the outside get on the inside.

TD Jakes

Our beliefs were formed while we spiritually separated from God. We were born into corruption: a corrupt world and a sinful nature. And ultimately, it all works together to corrupt our view of God.

Our Lord Jesus spent most of His time with His disciples. He ministered to the masses, but he walked with them more than anyone else. They knew Him better than anyone else, and wrote most of the books in the New Testament (Revelation, The books of 1st, 2nd & 3rd John, 1st & 2nd Peter, and the journal accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. They knew His voice, mannerisms, facial gestures and even pet peeves. Yes, Jesus our lord was very human, and He must have had these characteristics as we all do.  In the scriptures, the bible says that the disciples were cruising with Jesus; He was inside the boat with them, but was sleeping. When a storm arose, they felt afraid for their lives and turned on Jesus: Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?

The disciples who rolled with Jesus doubted God’s intentions during their storm. It’s important to reflect on these scriptures, and remember that when we go through struggles, trials and confusing times, we must trust God’s goodness and intentions. It’s easy to blame God when things go wrong or accuse Him of abandoning us when He’s silent, but He said, ‘blessed is he, who is not offended by me’ (remember John, the Baptist? Luke 7:19-21).

After all what we believe reflects in our behavior, but through the word of God and His Holy Spirit we can renew our minds! We can start by acknowledging what we believe about God. God is for us and not against us!

His plans are to prosper us, not to harm us, but to give us a hope and a future.

Let’s pray:

Lord, I pray you show me that you care about our hearts through your word. May you teach us how deeply and unconditionally you love us, teach us how to surrender to your will and to trust in you every single day. And that you care about how we feel, show us how to think when we feel afraid, lonely, unappreciated or forgotten. In Jesus name, Amen.

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