Hush, Be Still—Day 2

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Hush, Be Still — Day 2 Mark 4: 35-41 Spending fifteen years in Denver, Colorado I had the privilege of enjoying America’s playground. One thing I enjoyed was white water rafting in the spring. The sun at this time of the year would begin melting the snow in the mountains. The volume of snow being melted would send more water down the mountains at a faster pace creating some awesome rapids. My first experience on the river, I realized how powerful, violent and scary rushing water is and how helpless man can be when caught in its throes. On the night of our selected passage, the disciples experienced the fear that often follows when dealing with violent water. The text says, “And there arose a fierce gale of wind,” the word used in this passage means hurricane; which is forceful and tremendously loud. Can you imagine being in a hurricane while out in the middle of the sea?...

Hush, Be Still

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Hush, Be Still Mark 4:35-41 One of the most potentially frightening things in life is when we find ourselves in a situation we cannot control that would inevitably end badly for us. The disciples found themselves in such a predicament without warning and no visible way of escaping; their lives go from complete calmness to complete chaos. After a long and taxing day, Jesus says to the disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” The Greek word used is dierchomai, which means to go through; pass through, to pass into or through an obstacle; penetrate. Jesus, knowing all things, including that the disciples will soon be faced with a great challenge, gets in the boat and goes asleep. The writer of this account makes sure to place emphasis on verse 36; “they took Him along with them in the boat.” So, the stage is set; something is going to happen, and the disciples...

Persist Through—Day 5

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Persist Through—Day 5 Luke 18: 1-8 As God’s children living in an unjust world we will be recipients of wrongful actions; that is something we must learn to accept. This is not our home and people are unjust. Yet, the text makes it clear, although people can be unjust; we still serve a just God. Think about that for a moment, no matter what injustice we might experience the Lord knows how to vindicate us. Often we seek to make things right ourselves. Is that because we can’t wait on God? In the devotional text, the widow wanted desperately justice that was due her. She would not stop until the justice she deserved was granted. However, the parable shifts from displaying a widow who persistently fought for her own justice, to presenting a God, who gives justice to those who persistently cry out to Him. If we are not careful when we pursue our own justice, it can, with no...

Persist Through—Day 4

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Persist Through—Day 4 Luke 18: 1-8 “There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me legal protection from my opponent.’ For a while, he was unwilling, but afterward he said to himself, Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection.”  As Christians, we sometimes become frustrated or annoyed when our prayers are not answered immediately. It is imperative for us to know that God activates his justice according to His time. God has a set time he is going to respond to our prayers; until then, we are encouraged to pray and pray. Some may wonder, why would Christ instruct the disciples to persist in prayer when he already knew when he would answer their prayers? Remember: Prayer is not intended to do something for God. Prayer is meant to do something for us. Being persistent in our...

Persist Through—Day 3

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Persist Through-Day 3 Luke 18: 1-8   “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man.  There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me legal protection from my opponent.” I learned a long time ago, life is not always fair and the problems we face are often too much for us to defeat in our own strength. The parable that Jesus shares with the disciples to encourage them to be persistent in prayer include two main characters: an independent judge and a nagging widow. At first glance, the very mention of these two characters declares a dilemma. One person does whatever he wants to do while the other won’t stop until she gets what she wants. The chance of arriving at a happy medium seems unlikely. That is the tension most of us probably live under. We have to put up with people in leadership or authority...