What Jesus Did! 'Disobedience Hinders God's Plan' — Mark 1:45

Friday, January 29, 2016

The man left there and told all the people he saw that Jesus had healed him. So the news about Jesus spread. And that is why Jesus could not enter a town if people saw him. Jesus stayed in places where people did not live. But people came from all the towns to the places where Jesus was.
— Mark 1:45 NLT
Illustration of Mark 1:45 NLT —  But people came from all the towns to the places where Jesus was.

Key Thought

Many times we think we know what is best. Unfortunately, some of those times we actually disobey the clear teaching of the Lord because we think we know a better way. Invariably, our attempts at doing good by disobeying the Lord end up hindering his will. Certainly God can overcome our misguided attempts at helping his cause for he is God and he is sovereign and all-powerful. That's not the point. We need to obey him even when we can't understand the reasons behind the command and when we think we may know a better way to help and honor the Lord. The man who had leprosy disobeyed Jesus and told those around him about what Jesus had done. Instead of being able to fulfill God's purpose for him by going to the cities and villages and proclaiming the word there (see vs. 38-39), Jesus now has to stay in secluded spaces. People came to him, but he was cut off from going to them. The man's disobedience, though well-intentioned, interfered with Jesus' desire to fulfill his mission. In the same way, our disobedience of the Lord today often interferes with the Lord's desire to accomplish his mission in us!

Today's Prayer

Father, forgive me when I do not obey you. I know my disobedience hinders my own growth and can also interfere with your work in building the Kingdom and reaching the lost. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Samuel 15:10-15, 19-23
  • Matthew 7:21
  • John 15:14

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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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