What Jesus Did! 'Mountains and Valleys' — Luke 9:37-43

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The next day, Jesus, Peter, James, and John came down from the mountain. A large group of people met Jesus. A man in the group shouted to Jesus, "Teacher, please come and look at my son. He is the only child I have. An evil spirit {from the devil} comes into my son, and then he shouts. He loses control of himself and he foams from the mouth. The evil spirit continues to hurt him and almost never leaves him. I begged your followers to make the evil spirit leave my son, but they could not do it." Jesus answered, "You people that live now have no faith. Your lives are all wrong. How long must I be with you and be patient with you?" Then Jesus said to the man, "Bring your son here." While the boy was coming, the demon threw the boy to the ground. The boy lost control of himself. But Jesus gave a strong command to the evil spirit. Then the boy was healed. And Jesus gave the boy back to his father. All the people were amazed at the great power of God. The people were still amazed about all the things Jesus did. Jesus said to his followers,
— Luke 9:37-43 NLT
Illustration of Luke 9:37-43 NLT — "Bring your son here."

Key Thought

Although Jesus' high (the transfiguration experience with Moses and Elijah and God's blessing) that happened on the mountain was a great experience, he comes down the mountain to once again face disappointment. A Father says, "I begged your disciples ... but they couldn't do it." After their great mission trip where they preached and healed, after their experience in helping feed 5000, once again they were suddenly limited and lacking. I don't know about you, but that is often the way my ministry goes, too. Sometimes I feel so powerful and useful to the Lord and he does great things. Bottom line: just as Jesus' disciples often disappointed him, other Christian servants are going to disappoint us. However, Jesus didn't give up on his disciples when he was discouraged with them and we must not give up on each other when we let each other down. While he rebuked them, he remained faithful to them. His goal was to make them into God's men. He would not let his discouragement with them keep him from his task!

Today's Prayer

Father God, please help me not to be overly discouraged when other Christians don't measure up to what I think they ought to be. Help me be gracious with them just as you were. Guard my heart from bitter discouragement and cynicism about the failure of other believers. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 6:42
  • 2 Corinthians 7:6
  • Galatians 6:9


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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