Mark 4:35-41

During the season of Lent our devotions have been written by members of Faith Lutheran Church.  Today’s writer is Art Grove.

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

We all live in a world of storms and tempests. Rain, wind, and flood can completely upset our lives. We experience these at home or work or even here at Faith.

The figurative storms in relationships, illness, or financial waves threaten to swamp our lives and distract us from Jesus. Stormy lives may obscure our faith.

Jesus asks why we are so timid. How is it that we have no faith?

We should pray for help when we are in distress. We should pray that the Holy Spirit restores our faith and brings stillness to the storm that we live in.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please quiet the wind and subdue the waves that threaten our stormy lives. Holy Spirit make us bold to pray for the stillness to listen for the healing words of the Gospel. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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3 Responses to “Mark 4:35-41”

  1. sara donnell Says:

    What a beautiful meditation, Art. Simple, direct yet profound. Thank you.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Our GOD is almighty. Let us focus on him storms will fade away

  3. Carolee Says:

    These passages also speak to us about calming our spirits.

    John 14:1 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, and believe also in Me.”

    John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”

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