Friday, January 19, 2018.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, care you not that we perish? Mark 4 : 38
LISTEN: When faced with difficult and precarious situations, people often asked these questions, “Does God really care about what I go through?” “Is He bothered about my predicament and challenges?” “Does He feel my pain, sorrow and afflictions?” “Does He care if I perish?” The question goes on and on. Beloved, God knows about your troubles and cares about your wellbeing. His silence does not mean He has neglected or abandoned you. His delay does not mean denial. He has everything planned out in His calendar. Your fear in time of trouble is just a demonstration of the human nature. However, the human nature should not take the best of you. Truly, the moment you tame it (human nature) your faith will grow exceedingly in Christ Jesus. When we walk with Jesus Christ, we are not permitted to live in fear. Fear makes us blind to the presence of God even when He is closer to us. It causes us to think as though God does not care about our pain and troubles.
This is exactly the way Jesus Christ’s disciples thought when they were attacked by a heavy storm in the sea. The Bible says, ” And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, care you not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are all of you so fearful? how is it that all of you have no faith?” (Mark 4 : 37 – 40). They (disciples) were on the same boat with Jesus when the storm arose. But their lack of faith could not allowed them to know that Jesus Christ was in their midst, as a result, they cannot perish. Their statement, ” Master, do you not care that we perish?” ; simply means that they believed Jesus Christ was not bothered about their trouble. But this is not true! Most of us think this way too when faced with troubles. Beloved, keep calm, Jesus truly cares. He will deliver you; rebuke your storm and calm your troubled heart.
Having read today’s devotional what is expected of you?
1. Keep calm and know that Jesus Christ truly cares about you, and will save you from troubles.
2. Anytime you wonder if God truly cares, thank Him instead for He cares about you.
3. Pray against the storm in your heart and believe God is going to calm your troubled heart.
4. Never remain faithless, instead, be strong, courageous and believing when faced with trials.
Daily Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for opening my eyes to the mysteries of your word. I now know that you care for me. When I am faced with difficulties, I know that I am not alone. Therefore, help me to overcome when I am tried, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task: Beloved, keep calm, Jesus truly cares. He will deliver you; rebuke your storm and calm your troubled heart.
Daily Reflection: Fear makes us blind to the presence of God even when He is closer to us. It causes us to think as though God does not care about our pain and troubles.
Daily Quote: “Those who doubt or question the goodness of a loving and caring God, have fallen cheaply to the deceit of the devil.”
Today In History: January 19, 1983 The New Catholic code expands women’s rights in the Church.
Say This Today, I confess and admit that God truly cares about me. He is a loving and caring Father. Therefore, I give up doubt about His love and goodness towards me, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God open your eyes to the mysteries of His word. When you are faced with difficulties, trials and temptations, may God help you to overcome, in Jesus’ name.
Stunning Fact: Did you know that the Arctic Ocean is the smallest in the world?