Devotional - January 20, 2017
Scripture: Mark 8:11-30
Devotional: Hey guys, Happy Friday! I hope you guys have had a great week. I am definitely looking forward to this weekend, not only because I get to spend time with my twins, but because I get to watch my Green Bay Packers play in the NFC Championship game. I am nervous, but excited at the same time. It should be awesome.
Anyways I want to get right to it, but today inspiration came out of the book of Mark chapter 8. There actually were several things that grabbed me in this chapter that I wanted to talk about. This is what it says starting in verse 13, so he got back into the boat and left them, and he crossed to the other side of the lake. But the disciples had forgotten to bring any food. They had only one loaf of bread with them in the boat. As they were crossing the lake, Jesus warned them, “Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod. ”At this they began to argue with each other because they hadn’t brought any bread. Jesus knew what they were saying, so he said, “Why are you arguing about having no bread? Don’t you know or understand even yet? Are your hearts too hard to take it in? ‘You have eyes—can’t you see? You have ears—can’t you hear?’ Don’t you remember anything at all? When I fed the 5,000 with five loaves of bread, how many baskets of leftovers did you pick up afterward?” “Twelve,” they said. “And when I fed the 4,000 with seven loaves, how many large baskets of leftovers did you pick up?” “Seven,” they said. “Don’t you understand yet?” he asked them.
It is easy to shake your head at the disciples and say, “do you guys not know that Jesus, the creator of the universe is with you?” But we are just the same. How many times have we seen God pull us out of circumstances, heal us, protect us and do many more things in our lives, but we still do not believe? Or we forget about what God has already done for us because our focus is on right now and not on who God is.
Why is that? Why is that we can forget all that God has done for us? Why is it that life can find a way to put our focus on our problems and circumstances, but not our God? Just because God has not done anything this week, month or year does not mean that he is not at work in your life. We have to stop having the “what have you done for me lately” mentality towards God and begin to have a “thank you for what you have done for me” mentality.
I don’t blame the disciples for being worried about bread. Remember that these guys did not carry travel bags everywhere that they went, so you have to see their point of view. Bread is food and food is what gives life so if there was one thing that they should worry about it definitely would be food. But I love how Jesus immediately tells them to shift their focus from what they want to what he wants. Remember that Jesus said himself that he is the bread of life and whoever ate from him would not be hungry anymore. Meaning that if you cast your worries and cares to God, it will shift your perspective from you to him. It will shift your perspective from your need to God's desire and plan. This is powerful and I believe that it can really transform your thought process completely.
I love that Jesus did not give up on the disciples. They were plenty of time in their three year span that Jesus had to remind them of who he was and what God had done in their lives. Don't we need to be reminded consistently of God's promises and provision? I know I do and I thank God for scripture and my church that continues to remind me of God's promises and love.
Prayer: My prayer is that you don't forget all that God has done in your life and all that God still has in store.
Challenge: I challenge you to write down all the things that God has done so far for you this year. It could be the smallest thing or it could be the biggest thing, but whatever it may be let it remind you that God has been and is continuing to work in your life. He is not done with you and all that he wants to fulfill in you and through you.