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The Power of God's Word

Tuesday, February 13th
The Power of God’s Word
By: Shirley Davis 
Matthew 8:18-34

18 When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. 19 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”
20 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
21 Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
28 When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes,[a] two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. 29 “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”
30 Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. 31 The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”
32 He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. 33 Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.

Perhaps the most powerful emotion is fear. Even those of us who have walked daily with Jesus for years can find ourselves panicking at unexpected situations. Other translations call the storm: furious, violent, or fierce tempest – all words that depict something terrifying and overwhelming! That fear that envelops us tries to eclipse our faith and like the disciples, we may feel that God doesn’t care!
But Jesus WAS right there with them going through that frightening storm! To remind them who REALLY has power and authority, he merely stood and SPOKE to the winds and crashing waves! He did not have to physically fight against them, his words were enough!
Let’s remind ourselves of the inconceivable, miraculous POWER of God’s words! There’s never been such terrifying darkness and emptiness as at the beginning of Creation, but God simply SPOKE and Light was created! His words have such power that the whole beautiful myriad of Nature came into being – out of nothing! Only God’s Word has the power to turn terror into perfect peace!

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