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TODAY’S MEDITATION – How are you treating the Word of God? (Mark 4:35-40)

Most of the time we are so familiar with our side, the side where we are comfortable, that we don’t want to take the risks to go over to the other side… where everything seems unknown to us. In this passage, Jesus got into a boat with His disciples to go over to the other side, and the storm started as soon as He slept. My brother, my sister, does it really make sense? Doesn’t the Bible say that “He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep”? (Psalm 121:4). Besides, how come that the disciples who had seen Jesus, the Word made flesh, heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out devils are afraid, even when He was physically with them? Yes, this passage has many things to teach us. First, as Christians, we should never forget that storms are part of our lives and they can take any forms. And, Satan is always watching for us to become lazy and careless concerning the Word in order to make the storms even bigger! Yes, just like the disciples here, we all face the danger of treating the word lightly, and if we are not careful and allow the living vital Word to become dormant in our Christian walk, we will find ourselves like them who did not know what to do, once the storm started… and in panic! Secondly, know that in every situation, there are two reports: the report of man (sometimes your very own report of the situation) and the report of God! Unfortunately, the report of man would always tend to make us panic: remember the 12 spies Moses sent to explore the land (Numbers 13). However, the circumstances will mostly work out according to our attitude towards the Word of God, and how we use it or believe it. You see, Jesus, the Living Word, told His disciples “Let’s go”, reassuring them with His divine presence, but as soon as a problem came, they forgot let fear overtake them first. That’s why they had to wake Him up. Had they not forgotten they had Jesus’s word “let’s go”, in other words… ‘I am with you no matter what…’, they would have realised that they had everything they needed to deal with any situation that got in their way because of His word. If they had really believed His word they would have rebuked that storm themselves instead of being afraid and wake Jesus up! The Bible says Jesus calmed the storm and then He asked them: “‘Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” (verse 40). So, my friend, how do you treat the Word of God? Stay blessed in Jesus’ name. [facebook] [retweet]