Dailies ~ December 2019

Dailies ~ In His Word
December 26, 2019

Yesterday was Christmas and I figured I would write more but on looking at Christmas Eve’s length, I think it was okay!  So let’s consider it 24-25.
 And with many such parables He spoke the word to them as they were able to hear it.  But without a parable He did not speak to them. And when they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples. Mark 4:33-34
Jesus spoke in parables, or stories, a lot. The reason being that He wanted to first make the people think, and second hide the truth from those who would only become confused at that point.  He wanted them to think on the words and if they could figure it out, they were ready to hear more. At least that is my take on it!
As we read further, we find that He was off alone with his disciples, probably after having shared the explanations and answered their questions; Jesus brought them to a life lesson situation.
 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace,[g] be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How[h] is it that you have no faith?” 41 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
They had been with Jesus every day and they still did not quite understand who He was. If they who walked with Him in the flesh had a hard time why do we expect ourselves to totally understand everything about Him all the time? They were stressing out though God was right there in plain sight, with them. We stress over situations wondering where God is today!
Let me tell you… he is with us, He is with You and He is just hanging in the boat, ready to say, “Peace be still!” in the middle of our storms and struggles. Just ask!

Heavenly Father, thank you for being with us in all our situations! Thank you for your peace! Help us to remember that you are here waiting to hear our request for help… in Jesus’ name, amen.