What a Man

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The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!” (Mark 4:41)

Read: Leviticus 9:7-24, Leviticus 10, Mark 4:26-41, Mark 5:1-20, Psalms 37:30-40, Proverbs 10:6-7

Relate: The world is full of men in a variety of powerful positions. Bill Gates is the richest man in the world; Peyton Manning led  his team to a Super Bowl victory;  David Beckham was named People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2015; and Barack Obama, as president of the United States of America, is arguably the most powerful political leader in the world (regardless of whether or not you agree with his politics). If we were come face to face with one of these men, we would feel at least a little timid inside.

When Christ came, he demonstrated his ability to bridge the divide created by the original sin. He demonstrated that, as the son of God, he had a power greater than all the powers of the world. He healed the sick, fed thousands, cast out demons, and calmed the storm.  All throughout scripture, and still today, God proves that he is more powerful than anything we can face.

React: The disciples reacted to the power Jesus demonstrated over the storm with fear. This leads me to question if I am, at times, too flippant about the God I serve. Do I forget to approach him with the full understanding of who he is?  We serve a God that is worthy of honor, praise, and holy fear. I want to come before him with a humble heart and honor him by believing for big miracles because he is the God that even the winds and the waves obey.

Respond: 

God, help me to remember that you are a powerful God. Let me come to you with big requests and a humble heart. Amen.

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9 thoughts on “What a Man

  1. So true. Annie Dillard has my favorite quote on this.
    “On the whole, I do not find Christians, outside of the catacombs, sufficiently sensible of conditions. Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are jchildren playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping god may wake busomeday and take offense, or the waking god may draw us out to where we can never return.”

    Lord, draw me out, use me up, bring me home when you’re done with me.

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