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Jesus Calms the Storms of our Lives

Do not avoid what is in front of you. Call out to Jesus to join you in your boat in the storm.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Mark 6:48, ” Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them. “

Background

History records for us many lists, and one of the earliest and well known is generally referred to as the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Included in this list are such architectural and sculptural feats as the Temple of Artemis, the Statue of Zeus, and the Great Pyramid of Giza, the only one of the seven that is still standing. In the several millennia that have passed since Antipater of Sidon first wrote about these wonders, more lists have been made, recognizing wonders of a more modern time. There are Seven Natural Wonders, the New Seven Wonders, Seven Wonders of the Underwater World, and so on. And twenty years ago, the American Society of Civil Engineers published a list of the seven greatest engineering achievements of the 20th century. On that list was the Panama Canal. The canal is a 48- mile long channel that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. Before its construct, which was first suggested nearly 400 years before its ultimate completion in 1914, ships travelling to or from the east and west had to go around the southern tip of South America, through the dangerous waters of Cape Horn. Cutting a passageway through the isthmus of Panama ultimately shortened that journey by 7,872 miles. And although ships of various sizes must pay thousands of dollars in tolls to make the pass, the cost is well worth it in comparison to the route around the continent.

Application

After Jesus sent His disciples across the sea, He intended to join them on the other shore, but had no boat. His first option without the aid of another’s boat would have been to walk around. But the disciples encountered resistant, difficult winds, and Jesus wanted to go to them. And across the sea He walked. Our days are filled with different paths to what appear to be the same end. Going around or avoiding the challenge may be simpler, or more comfortable. But is it the way of Jesus? Is it worth the cost to go the way where Jesus might have to do the unimaginable yet wonderful to see you through?

Charge

As we seek Him today, do not avoid what is in front of you. Call out to Jesus to join you in your boat in the storm.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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