Thursday, March 19, 2015

Authority Over Creation ~ Lent 2015

God’s Faithfulness ~ Our Everlasting Hope!
LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You and praise Your name, for in perfect faithfulness
You have done wonderful things, things planned long ago. Isaiah 25:1 NIV


During this season of reflection and renewal, join me in exploring God’s Faithfulness. Do you find strength for every circumstance in God’s Faithfulness? God IS Faithful!  God’s Faithfulness is our everlasting Hope! ~ Donna Oswalt

…Then [Jesus] arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” Mark 4:35-41 NKJV

The Roman Empire prepares to rule the earth. With every engineering feat, architectural accomplishment, and political ploy, Roman power gestures to the world. Greek tradition emphasizes knowledge, and evolving education includes studying languages, philosophy, literature and the arts. This culture influences the villages that live under Roman law. Governmental power and authority reign supreme throughout the land.

After a full day of teaching by the Sea of Galilee, Jesus tells the disciples to cross over to the other side of the sea, leaving the multitudes behind. In the boat, Jesus falls asleep, but a great windstorm quickly forms, threatening the boat with rough seas. Afraid, they awaken Jesus with panicked shouts. He calms the storm with a couple of words; immediately the wind and sea obey. Jesus demonstrates complete authority over nature. David Jeremiah writes, “Safety, however, is not the absence of trouble but rather the presence of Jesus.” In one act, Jesus models God’s faithfulness, teaching that trusting in the unchanging, infinite, and infallible character of God should be the foundation of faith. 

Lord, the sudden storms of life come unpredictable and unwanted. I feel their power to sweep me overboard, and the world mocks my calling out to You, says my prayers fall empty. But I know You are the Almighty God, the One with authority over all things, El Roi the God who sees me where I am, Jehovah-Jireh the Lord who provides whatever I need. Great is Your faithfulness and where I place my faith. –dho


Focus Point: In one act, Jesus models God’s faithfulness, teaching that trusting in the unchanging, infinite, and infallible character of God should be the foundation of faith.

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