Game Changer Week 3: Devotional Day 3
DAY 3 – Wednesday
Dig deeper: Mark 6:45-52, Eph. 6: 14-15, Isaiah 53:12, Romans 8:26, Romans 8: 34, Hebrews 7:25, 10:7
Today, reflect and journal on God’s faithfulness to you and his remembrances of you. Journal a verse or a word that reminds you of God’s faithfulness in each of those fearful times in your life.
Mark makes a point to let his readers know that Jesus and his disciples were in two different places. They were not together. The disciples were having a very difficult time. Jesus could see them and knew their situation was against them. But he was remembering them.
“And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray…” Jesus was praying; worshiping, communing with the Father; and just like us, our prayers and worship lead us to intercede for those we love. He was probably remembering the situations and experiences they had shared with him (Jesus) upon their return; when he had sent them out two by two. He was probably remembering the afternoon’s feeding of the 5,000. The awe and unbelief of his disciples. He probably was remembering how tired the disciples were and the reason they had all gotten in the boat to go to a quiet place in the first place. Jesus was remembering them!
Remembering. It can be a curse sometimes, but also a sweet gift from the Lord and one of the tools in our arsenal to fight fear. Getting into our boats and going to the other side, wherever that may be, can be so difficult for us. Our obedience to the Lord is a sweet offering to him and to us. As a result of that obedience we have the ability to remember the faithfulness of our sweet Savior. The Scriptures we memorize and remember during difficult boat launches stay with us a lifetime. The Scriptures go deep within our soul and remind us of his word to us. They bring encouragement and are the instrument of transformation in our lives. Remembering his word is not just a gift to us but a tool we can use to encourage ourselves and others over and over again.
Remembering God’s faithfulness is a strong tool to fight fear.
The most precious thing is that God remembers us!” Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” (Heb. 8: 34)
Thank him and praise him for these memories.