“On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he 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 awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (Mark 4:35-41).
Let’s pray God’s Word over our lives:
“Dear restful and mighty Jesus, you are more than a great teacher – you are the sovereign Lord over every storm that breaks over our lives. We are afraid, but you are not. We are wide-awake, hopelessly lost, but you are asleep, filled with hope in your Father’s will. We think that you don’t care, but you care more about our unbelief and our small views of you than we realize. We think that the trials of this life are greater than you. Truth is, the trials of this life are no match for you – at any time of the day or week, or at any time of the storm, you are able to raise your voice and command peace. O sweet and faithful Savior, fill us with your Spirit that we may fear you more than the storm. Give us hearts full of confidence and assurance that you, our mighty anchor, will never be removed. In Jesus’ holy name we pray,
All the religions of the world in their own way say the same thing: if your good works exceed your bad ones, you may enter. But the gospel of Jesus Christ says, since your bad works exceed your good ones, my mercy is more.
This song came out last year and we sing it for the first time in worship this Sunday, Feb. 12. What a great way to begin a week of love!