And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” (Mark 4:41)
The disciples panicked when the storm on the sea of Galilee threatened their lives. In fear, they asked their sleeping Master if He did not care that they perished. Then, Jesus arose from His sleep and rebuked the wind and the waves, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!”. And there suddenly came a great calm. Witnessing His supernatural power over nature, the disciples responded in fear, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
When Israel was a child, I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son… I taught Ephraim to walk, Taking them by their arms; But they did not know that I healed them. I drew them with gentle cords, With bands of love, And I was to them as those who take the yoke from their neck. I stooped and fed them. (Hos 11:1, 3-4)
From my parents’ retelling of childhood stories, old photographs, recollections and memories of the past, I can piece together some parts of my childhood. And some things, though unsaid and un-narrated, I can recall. Because both my parents were working when I was a year old or so, I lived with my maternal grandparents for the first few years of my childhood after I turned one. Inherent in those years was an old memory, or rather an old feeling I recall – a constantly longing I had for my absent parents while we were apart, especially my mother. Though there was nothing more I could ask for while I was under my loving grandparents’ care, I often missed my parents and would sometimes fall sick because of that, according to my grandmother. I had everything I needed or could ever want, but I missed my mother. That feeling is hard to describe. But it did make me a pensive child in my earlier years.
Partly translated from the article by Lirio in the Holy Spirit Monthly, June 2018, Issue 489, pp. 70-71.
Today, people become more and more dependent on their cellphones. Do you spend a lot of time on the cellphone? Have you ever thought how your time passed by? Everyone has 24 hours in a day. So how do we grasp hold of the limited time and make the best out of the available time? Let’s see what the Bible says.
No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15)
Jesus Christ has offered His friendship to all of us. Through His death for us, the Lord Jesus has given us the love of a dearest friend. The Bible says, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (Jas 1:22)
In this information-rich world, we might have noticed that our time for God and focus on God, particularly in Bible study or meditating God’s word have been dwindling. Thus, the prerequisite in being a doer of God’s word is to strengthen our spiritual foundation by making Bible study a priority in our lives (Jn 1:1; Mk 4:20). If we continue to do this on a daily basis, gradually Bible study becomes a habitual activity likened to taking a shower, brushing teeth, eating and drinking, etc.