Mark 4:35-41

Throughout the season of Lent our daily devotions have been written by members of the Faith Lutheran community. Our theme this Lent is “Jesus Our Healer.” Today’s devotion comes from Myra Condit.

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped.

But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Mark 4:35-41

The Sea of Galilee was known for having unexpected storms. So too are our lives filled with many storms. Just as the disciples thought that Jesus did not care, we too have these same doubts at times in our lives.   We also ask Jesus, “Why are you letting this happen to me?”

The disciples had only been followers of Christ for a short time. They had seen him drive out demons and heal people who were sick, but they did not yet know who Jesus really was. They had wondered many times who He was as he taught about how to live. People were drawn to Him by His teachings, and they too had felt that same magnetism. When the storm came up, they thought they were going to die. They asked Him, “Teacher don’t you care about us?”

We know who Jesus is by reading the Bible. He is the Son of God who died on the cross for us. When the storms of life come crashing in on us, we put our trust in Him. At our baptism God calls us by name, claims us as His own, and will not leave us no matter what happens in our lives.

Let us pray: Heavenly father, we so often fall short in our love and trust in You. Help us to always remember that you are there with us in everything we do, and to call on your Holy Name rather than try to bear everything ourselves.   We pray these things in Jesus’ name. Amen


One Response to “Mark 4:35-41”

  1. Carolee Groux Says:

    Proverbs 3:5-6
    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

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