Morning Coffee with Jesus - February 22, 2010
Greetings loved ones.
Today’s “Coffee with Jesus” comes from Mark 4:38-39. “And He Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they awoke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?’ And being aroused, He rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Hush, be still." And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm.” (NAS)
I recently read a commentary on the above passage of scripture explaining that some believe Jesus, who was God in flesh, was perturbed by the fact that the disciples woke Him from sleep to save them. After all, the scholars pointed out, the disciples knew that Jesus was God and if Jesus wanted to cross the Sea of Galilee there should have been no concern about not making the journey safely.
Then there are those scholars who believe that Jesus was upset because after trying all they could to control the boat and weather the storm themselves, after all their energies were exhausted did they call on Jesus for help.
Isn’t that like you and me? In our own strength, in our own hearts, we go through trials and try to handle the whole ordeal ourselves. Only when the next trial or illness comes along, causing us to admit we can not make it on our own, do we allow God to step in and show Himself strong. And then we blame ourselves for not being stronger to be able to withstand the storm which came along in the first place! Here’s a hint – God doesn’t want us to withstand the storm without him.
Our relationship with God is not a morning routine or an evening prayer time. It is a constant, day-to-day, moment-by-moment relationship. The purpose of this, or any, devotional is to get you thinking about God and giving you something to ponder regarding God as you journey through your day – to “keep your mind stayed on Christ.” Don’t exclude God from your plans today. Check in with Him and converse with Him. Let Him direct your steps along the path of life.
It is interesting to note that in the above scripture, Jesus rebuked the storm and it immediately calmed down – not after a few minutes, immediately. That peace is the same peace given when we give over a problem or difficult situation to the Lord. The peace is immediate and complete.
In all you do today, know that Jesus is with you and wants to touch base with you. Don’t forget to have a chat with your BFF (Best Friend forever). He’ll be delighted you chose to do that and chances are, you will too!
Have a powerful day in Jesus today! Go MAD in someone’s life!