MONDAY, JANUARY 11
“As evening came, Jesus said to His disciples, ‘Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.’ So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water.”
Mark 4:35-37 (NLT)
One man wanted a boat more than anything. His wife kept refusing, but he bought one anyway. He told her. “In the spirit of compromise, why don’t you name the boat?” Being a good sport, she accepted. And when her husband went to the dock for his maiden voyage, this is the name he saw painted on the back: For Sale.
In Mark 4 we find Jesus and His disciples needing a break to get rest, but Jesus used this encounter to give them a breakthrough in the areas of fear and faith. Jesus used a boat trip in a “fierce storm” to teach them some things about who He is and who they were. Some of the disciples were fishermen by trade. But the severity of the storm made them fear and have doubts.
In the sermon, Mike introduced our new series on Sunday called “Breakthrough.” He acknowledged that physical and spiritual storms are a part of life. Fears and worries are also a part of life. What storms are generating fear in your life? What did you hear in the sermon that gave you comfort?
Thank God for getting you through some of the specific storms you’ve faced in the past.