What Jesus Did! 'Open Your Eyes!' — Mark 8:14-18

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

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The followers had only one loaf of bread with them in the boat. They forgot to bring more bread. Jesus warned them, "Be careful! Guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod." The followers discussed the meaning of this. They said, "He said this because we have no bread." Jesus knew that the followers were talking about this. So Jesus asked them, "Why are you talking about having no bread? You still don't see or understand? Are you not able to understand? Do you have eyes that can't see? Do you have ears that can't hear? Remember what I did before, when we did not have enough bread?"
— Mark 8:14-18 NLT
Illustration of Mark 8:14-18 NLT — "Be careful! Guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod."

Key Thought

Worry is a sign we've forgotten the great blessings and providence of God in our past. That is why the praise we offer to God for what he has done for us is so important. Praise is a time when we rehearse and remember the great things God has done and remember the great God he has been in the past and has promised to be in our future. It helps us acknowledge that God is and was and will be the great provider and Shepherd for his sheep.

Today's Prayer

O LORD God, you are my Great Shepherd. I recognize that every good thing I have comes from you. Forgive me for the times in the past when I have doubted your active providence in my life and worried about your sustaining grace for the future. I know that you can bless, support and sustain. Thank you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Psalm 23:1-3
  • Psalm 34:10
  • James 1:17-18

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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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.