Unspeakable Joy Devotional

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We travel to Maine every year to see family.  One familiar sight we love to see is the lighthouse at Cape Elizabeth.

The first four books of the New Testament are Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  These books tell us about the amazing life of Jesus when He was on earth.  Mark 4:35-40 “That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.”  Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat.  There were also other boats with him.  A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.  Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion.  The disciples woke him and said to him “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves “Quiet! Be still” then the wind died down and it was completely calm.  He said to his disciples, Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

In the storms of life, Jesus leads us “through the valley of the shadow of death”, we should fear no evil, for He is with us.  We can rest in faith during the storm that our boat isn’t going down, because Jesus is on board.

One of the strongest images of standing strong in a storm is the lighthouse.  Lighthouses were vital to protect ships from crashing onto rocks, shoals and shores.  Lighthouses remind us of God’s love.  Like the bright shining beam of a lighthouse, His love reaches out, piercing through the darkness of any storm.

“He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed”. Psalm 107:29

Lord, may I stand strong and faithful for You like a lighthouse, today and through the year ahead.

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