May 4 – Hushing Up The Storm

“Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they *woke Him and *said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing? And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? How is it that you have no faith?”” – Mark 4:38-40 (NASB)

Our Savior Jesus Christ when he lived on this earth was fully God and fully human also. He experienced fatigue, hunger, and stress. The crowds of people were always around. Jesus would heal all who came to him of all diseases and cast out demons. Crossing the Sea of Galilee, a serious wind storm blew in and threatened to swamp the boat. Jesus is asleep on a pillow in the back of the boat. The disciples frightened to death wake Jesus up crying for help. “Don’t you care we’re about to die!” Jesus gets up and with the economy of words, says, “Be muzzled!” That is the literal meaning of the original words translated “Peace be Still” or “Hush, be still” Storms normally subside gradually, but when the Creator spoke the order, the natural elements of this storm shut down immediately. Daily Jesus was teaching and demonstrating his authority and power every day. Yet, it still had not dawned on his disciples that God’s power was present in Jesus and so present with them. Our promise is that by abiding in Jesus and He in us, we too have God’s power present in our lives. Let’s have faith in that.


February 26 – Picking the Important Things

“And they scolded her. But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. … She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial.” Mark 14:5b-6, 8 (ESV)

Context is important. Jesus near the end of his ministry on earth. He knows the ultimate purpose of His coming to earth as a human being is to be a sacrifice. He will be betrayed by his own, turned over to be executed by Roman crucifixion. He visits friends in Bethany. Martha, Mary, and their brother Lazarus. Martha is being the perfect host. Mary overcome with sadness and by her love for Jesus. Perhaps she understands better than others what Jesus is facing. Mary takes very expensive perfumed ointment and anoints Jesus by pouring it on His head. Some, led by Judas were indignant, put-out by Mary’s action. They thought it was wasteful of Mary to do this. “They scolded her.” But Jesus, knowing why she was doing this defended her actions. He saw it as an expression of love and devotion to Him in light of His approaching death as well as a messianic acclamation. Showing comfort or aid to some out of love for our Lord Jesus brings Him honor and glory. We can trust that God knows our motivations⸺selfish and unselfish⸺He is pleased with our loving sacrifices when they are for His name’s sake.