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"Come Unto Me" - Day 8

“Come, Unto Me”

Welcome to “Come Unto Me” as we journey together through the gospel of Luke. Let us pray: Gracious God we thank you for the Living Word that gives witness to the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. May your Holy Spirit open our souls to this Living Word. Amen

Wednesday, July 15 / Luke Chapter 8

Today we look at the 8th chapter of Luke. In chapter 8 Jesus begins to teach using a parable, a story with a meaning or teaching behind it. We read the well known Parable of the Sower. This parable tells of a sower who went out to sow grain. Some seeds fell on the path and were stepped on. Some seeds fell on rocky ground and sprouted but soon dried up as the soil had no moisture. Some fell on ground with thorny bushes and they sprouted but were choked out by the bushes. And some seeds fell on good soil and bore grain. I read a devotion on these verses a few evenings ago. It talked about how we usually focus on the different places where the seed was sown. But this writer said to think about how God sows his seeds of faith everywhere. And God has an abundance of seed that he freely sows everywhere. May we give thanks for this abundance of seed. And be grateful that God lavishly sows the seed wherever he goes so that the Word of God is spread everywhere. And may we feel free to spread the word of God everywhere we go!

Also in chapter 8 we have the story of Jesus Calming the Storm. “One day Jesus got into a boat with his disciples and said to them, ’Let us go across to the other side of the lake.’ As they were sailing, Jesus fell asleep. Suddenly a strong wind blew down on the lake and the boat began to fill with water, so that they were in great danger.” The disciples woke Jesus. They were terrified. Jesus got up and spoke to the wind and the stormy water and they became calm! Jesus said to his disciples,” Where is your faith?” The disciples were amazed and afraid. They said, Who is this man” He gives orders to the winds and the waves and they obey him!”

Imagine if you had been in the boat that day. I know I would have been afraid of the storm. And yet Jesus protected them. He took away the danger by calming the storm. Jesus can calm the stormy days of our lives also. Thanks be to God that God sent a Savior to calm our lives when they are stormy and see us through the times when we are afraid.

Take time to read chapter 8 and see what other gems of faith you can find there.

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