[Daily Devotion] December 1st, 2017

[Daily Devotion] December 1st, 2017

Today's Scripture

Our Anchor Mark 4:35-41

35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37 A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

RJ's Devotion

WHAT DOES THE PASSAGE say?

V. 35-36 Jesus took the disciples in the boat, and others followed. During the trip, they encountered a storm.
V. 37-38 The disciples, former fishermen, tried their best to get out of the storm but failed. They woke up Jesus, who was sleeping in the stern and cried out, “Teacher, is it nothing to you that we’re going down?” (The Message)
V. 39-41 Jesus woke up and quiet the storm with his words. He then turned around and rebuked his disciples, “Why are you such cowards? Don’t you have any faith at all?” (The Message)

What Does the passage Mean to Me/US?

This is one of my favorite passages. It centers us and helps us to focus on the Lord, who is in our boat, instead of the storm splashing on us.
I want to twist the story and ask us to be centered in a slightly different way.

As Thanksgiving is over, we are slowly getting into the Christmas Holiday mode.
Christmas decorations and light are beginning to set up.
Carols are filling up the radio stations and offices, and gifts under the Christmas tree will start pilling up. It definitely looks a lot more like Christmas.

In all the ‘Holiday preparation,’ in church language; Advent preparation, isn’t it easy to lose focus on Jesus who is the center of this day?
When we lose focus on the true meaning of our Saviour sent to this world, what would Jesus say to us?
Would he have to quiet all the other celebrations for us to focus our hearts back to our Lord?

Prayer

Lord, Advent is the season for us to prepare our hearts and soul for the King, who was sent, to come into our hearts. “Cast out our sin and enter in Be born to us today” (lyric of O Little Town of Bethlehem). Help us center our lives to the true King of Heaven.  In Christ Name, we pray, AMEN

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