Conversion put me in a complicated and comprehensive chaos.
—Rosaria Butterfield, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert
The wind and the waves recognized Jesus’ voice. They had heard it before, of course, when he spoke them into being.
—Sally Lloyd Jones, Jesus Storybook Bible
For whatever reason God chose to make man as he is— limited and suffering and subject to sorrows and death—He had the honesty and the courage to take His own medicine. Whatever game He is playing with His creation, He has kept His own rules and played fair. He can exact nothing from man that He has not exacted from Himself. He has Himself gone through the whole of human experience, from the trivial irritations of family life and the cramping restrictions of hard work and lack of money to the worst horrors of pain and humiliation, defeat, despair and death. When He was a man, He played the man. He was born in poverty and died in disgrace and thought it well worthwhile.
Sermon Summary: We may confess with our mouths that God is all powerful, but when we are pressed beyond our resources, do our lives reflect faith in his sovereign power and love, or do they reveal a reliance on our own strength? Come and hear more from the gospel of Mark this Sunday.
Passage to Consider: Mark 4:35-41
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?”
Confession of Sin:
Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo.
We have neither honored you as God, nor given you thanks.
Father, in your mercy, forgive us.
We have been quick to condemn our neighbors, while ignoring our own need for you.
Jesus, in your mercy, forgive us.
We have trusted in our own resources, rather than resting in your transforming grace.
Holy Spirit, in your mercy, forgive us.
Set us free from our sins and give us the grace to grow more into your likeness, through Jesus Christ.