Lenten Devotion Day 20

“And He Was Standing on the Water!!”

Jesus Walks on Water

Some lessons have to be repeated for us to get the message. This story is an example. In an earlier devotion, I wrote about Jesus healing the blind man. Then yesterday, it was the story of the withered fig tree. Today, Jesus walks on water. How many miracles must Jesus perform for us before we accept His ability, His willingness to do anything for us?

Of course, we’re not the only ones to have doubts. The disciples, men that traveled everywhere with Jesus, who saw all the incredible things Jesus did, still had problems recognizing His ability. The strangest part of this story is the event that occurs right before Jesus walks on water.

Just before this incident, Jesus feeds the multitudes with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. He not only fed all those people but had enough left over to fill 12 baskets! Now, wouldn’t you think anyone witnessing this incredible event wouldn’t be surprised by ANYTHING Jesus did? And yet the verse tells us the disciples were “utterly astounded.” REALLY? Gee, guys, what did it take to finally convince you that Jesus is the real deal? Oh, yea, resurrection!

We’re even worse. Sure, the disciples witnessed Jesus miracles but we not only are able to read about all of them, we have the advantage of knowing how the story ends, or begins again. We know what happened on Easter. Yet, we still doubt Jesus ability, or willingness to help us when we need it most.

Take time today to read Mark 6. Go over all the miracles Jesus performs in this chapter. Then ask yourself, “What can’t or won’t Jesus do for me?” After all, He already did the hardest thing He could ever do when He went to the Cross.

Discussion Questions

1. What problems are you holding on to rather than turning them over to Jesus?

2. What prevents you from surrendering them to Him?

3. How can you get yourself to let go of them?

4. How can you help your family let go of their problems?

5. What verse or story can help you and your family strengthen your faith?

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