Duration: 365 days
Today’s Bible Reading: Mark 2:1–12
On Monday, April 13, 1970, the crew members of Apollo 13 found themselves marooned 200,000 miles from Earth. During a routine maintenance task, one of the spacecraft’s four oxygen tanks exploded. For the next four days, astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise worked against all odds to bring their wounded ship back to Earth.
People around the world prayed for the trio’s safe return. Each time the engineers at NASA solved one problem, another took its place. But a little faith and a lot of sweat eventually worked wonders, and after four long days Apollo 13’s parachutes opened to lower the spacecraft safely into the Pacific Ocean.
NASA’s astronauts and engineers put their faith in science and engineering—and maybe in an emergency cry to God for help. Nearly two thousand years earlier, four friends of a paralyzed man demonstrated simple and sincere faith in God.
Think of what they did! They carried their disabled friend for miles, destroyed part of a total stranger’s roof and risked the possible wrath of an angry Jesus. But amazingly, when Jesus saw their unshakable faith, he said to the stricken man, “Son, your sins are forgiven” (verse 5).
What about your faith? In what areas of your life would an extra measure of faith make you closer to the man God calls you to be?
Lower yourself before Christ. Ask him to give you simple, sincere, unstoppable faith.
To Take Away
- What do you think Jesus would say to you about the depth of your faith?
- How does your faith affect your thoughts and actions?
- In what ways can you demonstrate an unrelenting faith at home and at work during the next few weeks?
In Other Words
“All that I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
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