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