But soon a fierce storm came up [as Jesus and some disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee]. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water.
— Mark 4:37 NLT
Storms are a part of life — even for Christians. In fact, storms are a part of life, ESPECIALLY for Christians. While some peddle a "gospel" that proclaims only wealth, blessing, and happiness, we need to remember that Jesus is our hero and example. We are his presence in this world. We know what Jesus' adversaries did to him. He warned that since those adversaries persecuted him, imagine what they might do to us as his followers (John 15:20). While we are blessed and our Kingdom is sure, fierce storms may come. The key is to make sure we're in step with Jesus!
Father in heaven, give me faith and strength to stand in the hours of my trial. In addition, dear Father, please be with my brothers and sisters in Christ the world over who are facing fierce and violent storms because of their faith. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Mark 13:13
- John 15:18-21
- 1 Peter 1:5-7
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.