Friday April 20, 2018 – The awesome wonder of our Lord

Luke 8:24b, 25  He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm
subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

Fear and amazement!  This was the response of the disciples to this demonstration of power and authority even though they had already seen Jesus do all manner of healing
miracles and deliver many from evil spirits. We’re not talking about healings that only the person who was healed would know if the pain went away.  The miracles included those paralyzed, leprosy, withered hands, and demon possessed.  Think of the magnitude of the miracles that would attract thousands to pursue Jesus.

They had seen these miracles first hand, yet the disciples were stunned by seeing the storm, the wind and the waves obey Him.  Mark uses the word terrified to describe
their response and Matthew describes them as being amazed.  Somehow this was different for them.  Maybe it was the magnitude of what responded.  Having life come to paralyzed limbs or wholeness to a withered hand appeared small in comparison to a storm that was
threatening their lives immediately becoming calm.

I think of the word wonder.  The wonder of seeing and experiencing the miraculous power of God.  Have you thought of this aspect of our God recently?  Hopefully, you have experiences in your life that left you breathless and in awe of what God had done.  In fact
just the memory of such experiences can bring goose bumps or tears.  Think of the powerful testimonies and answered prayers that you have read and heard and ponder the wonder-working power of our Lord and Savior.

If you don’t have memories of such experiences, ask your Christian friends to share ones that they have or read about them.  There are lots of books available that recount inspiring experiences with our God.  Also, and most importantly, look to Jesus and ask Him to allow you to experience such wonder and awe.  The Christian life is the most wonder-filled life that can be lived.  Let us rejoice together because we get to live it.

About Don Schmidt

Beginning in the fall of 2009, Don was VP of Operations & Director of Student Life for 2 years at Williamson Christian College in Franklin, TN - a wonderful, accredited 4 year college for adult learners. That is where he started writing the devotionals. The passion of his heart is to love God and to help others learn to love God more and more. He grew up in St. Joseph, MI - Class of '66. Graduated from Michigan State in '70 and Wheaton Grad School in '78. Thunderous conversion October 11, 1968. He and Donna were engaged 2 hrs & 15 minutes after they met August 25, 1969 at a Christian camp in Georgia. They married in '70 and have 4 wonderful sons. Most of his adult career has been in business in NE Ohio. They lived for 20 years in Peninsula, OH. They attended St. Luke's Ministries (Anglican) in Copley, OH for many years. Four years ago they were reassigned by the Lord to attend River of Life Community Church in Hudson, OH. St. Luke's prayerfully sent them off on this new adventure with much love.
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