What Jesus Did! 'Speaking Without Knowing' — Mark 9:5-6

Friday, June 3, 2016

Peter said to Jesus, "Teacher, it is good that we are here. We will put three tents here—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." Peter did not know what to say, because he and the other two followers were very afraid.
— Mark 9:5-6 NLT
Illustration of Mark 9:5-6 NLT — "Teacher, it is good that we are here. We will put three tents here—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."

Key Thought

Peter's words, though well intentioned, are ludicrous. Some moments need to be held in silent awe. Words shouldn't desecrate the moment. Rather than trying to be the wise one, the outspoken one, and the one who leads the pack, sometimes we need to be silent and let God reveal the meaning and the power of the moment. Peter couldn't grasp that Jesus was so far superior to the others. Even with that ignorance, however, he should have waited in awe until God's will was revealed rather than trying to speak when he didn't know what to say!

Today's Prayer

O God, forgive me for trying to always have words when my awe-filled and reverent silence should be the gift I offer in the presence of your glory. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Ecclesiastes 5:1-2
  • Habakkuk 2:18-20
  • Isaiah 6:1-5

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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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