Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tuesday Family Devotion - The Power of Jesus' Word

Scripture Reading - Mark 4:35-41

That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, "Let us go over to the other side." Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?"

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"

They were terrified and asked each other, "Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!"

Thought of the Day
In another devotion, we talked about the power of God’s Word in creation. In this story we are shown that Jesus also has the power to control creation with his words. Jesus is able to quiet a storm simply by telling the wind and waves to be still. Imagine if you had been a disciple on that boat. Would you have been scared? Sometimes our fears can make us forget that Jesus is with us and protecting us. Jesus’ words have the power to change things and we must have faith that when we ask for His help, as the disciples did, that He will speak for us and bring us protection.

Discussion questions
1. What are some things that scare you?

2. When we are afraid, what are some ways we can remember that Jesus is with us?

3. How can we help others when they are scared?

Dear Jesus,
Sometimes we get scared. There is a lot that can frighten us. Help us to remember that you are able to speak to the wind and quiet the waves. Help us to remember that you will speak to keep us safe. Give us the faith to remember that you are always with us. Thank you for being there for us. AMEN.

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