Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tuesday, February 21: Numbers 1-2; Mark 3:1-19 ~ Jody

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Numbers 1-2; Mark 3:1-19

Scripture: "He looked around at them angrily and was deeply saddened by their hard hearts." Mark 3:5

Observation: This verse stuck out to me how Jesus loves each of us so very much. Even his critics! At the time of this verse, they were just waiting to judge him and punish him because of their hardened hearts, hoping to take a beautiful, loving thing and use it against him. And even though this angered Jesus - he was also deeply saddened as well. Not for himself and how they didn't believe him. But for their sake, because of their hardened hearts. 

Application: How often am I a critic? Not trusting Jesus in an area of my life. Where are the pieces of my life where I've hardened my heart, completely missing the miracles that Jesus is performing right in front of my eyes?! And how often is He performing a miracle and instead I am criticizing it because it doesn't look like I think it should?

Prayer: Holy Spirit, move in my heart. Loosen the grips my human nature has on my heart and mind that I might truly see and know Jesus more. Your miracles, Your love and Your Holy Anger so that I can repent and move closer to righteousness in You. 

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageNumbers 3-4; Mark 2:20-35

1 comment:

Tammy Reimer said...

We all have different areas that we've hardened against the truth, pet sins we don't want to get rid of. May He soften our hearts through the power of His Spirit!

Jesus was an example to us that it's important to always do the right thing, even when it's the hard thing (and it usually is!) He knew what was in their hearts. He knew that if He healed on the Sabbath it would make things more difficult for Him. But He did it anyway.

Are we willing to do the right thing, no matter what?