Power–Total and Awesome
Loving, Living Lord, reveal to me today the miracle of Your grace acting in unexpected ways and places.
Read Mark 4:35-41
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
When Jesus calmed the storm, it spoke of God’s sovereign power being unleashed, God’s Kingdom at hand. This is the same power that made the world and resides now in Jesus.
We must try not to let our familiarity with this passage dull our appreciation of its significance. First, consider what it meant to the small band of disciples that accompanied Jesus out onto the lake. They had seen and heard enough to recognize Jesus’ unique authority, and commit to following him. When he said, “Let us go” (35), that is exactly what they did, but in so doing they were about to discover that they really had no idea who Jesus really was. Several of them, experienced Galilean fishermen, knew when to fear a storm’s capacity to sink boats and drown sailors, but on this occasion they were to experience another terror of an entirely different order (41). When Jesus commanded the wind and sea to be still, they obeyed instantly. In their fearful incomprehension, the disciples knew they had witnessed something only God could do. When the God of Israel, the Lord of history and nature, chooses to reveal himself, nature must submit to him. The new fear now being experienced by the incredulous disciples was the “numinous awe toward the ‘wholly other’ … the fear of God’s presence, of God coming and acting in the realm in which we actually live” (M. Minor).
Second, acknowledgment of Jesus as “the Lord of history and nature” has profound implications for how we live and behave within God’s creation. This has always been so, but in the context of the global ecological situation now confronting us, it is even more important to recognize that God requires from each of us “a responsible stewardship [and] not a destructive domination” (John Stott). We are made to care for the earth and share its resources justly and compassionately. Our worship of its Creator is compromised when we fail to do so.
God is the creator of the earth and has entrusted us with its care. We are its stewards. In what ways can you be a better steward of God’s creation?
Holy Spirit, keep disturbing me until You are content with the way I treat the Father’s creation and embrace his passion for justice.
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