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Devotions on Finding Hope


By Jill Briscoe

Biblical serenity is peace while the conflict is raging. It doesn’t happen in a vacuum. When Jesus and the disciples were in the middle of the Sea of Galilee in a raging storm, the worry and fear of the disciples were understandable (see Mark 4:35-41). But Jesus didn’t understand it. He was in the boat. He had the seat of honor reserved for the honored guest. Didn’t they get it? If Jesus was in the boat, it didn’t really matter whether they lived or died. Either way, they lived! He was asleep on a cushion in the back of the boat when the storm broke loose. He slept through it! How could he do that?

Because He believed that His heavenly Father would carry His worries and cares. That He wouldn’t go to heaven one minute before his hour came. Jesus slept! He believed that  the God who “watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121:4), so He reckoned that there was no point in both of them staying awake.


Perhaps God feels distant and you don’t know where to turn. Maybe you don’t even know if He is listening to your prayers. While hardship is a definite part of this life, there is always hope for followers of Christ. 

As a follower of Jesus Christ, nothing can separate you from His love. May these devotions on finding hope remind you that even in the darkness, in the midst of a raging storm, there is hope!



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