August 1, 2022

Distracted

“But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.” Mark 14:28

Have you ever felt like you were alone in a crisis you were going through?  Maybe a family or emotional struggle? Maybe an issue or something with your employment?  Maybe it was some kind of natural disaster or event that was about to happen that you could not do anything about.  Hopefully you called out to your heavenly Father for help, but sometimes you have to take it by faith that He is listening, seeing what you are going through and believe that He will keep His promise to get you through this dilemma to the other side safely.

In today’s reading, Jesus is trying to give His disciples some encouragement and insight into the events that are about to take place for all of them.  He told them what was about to happen according to the prophecy in the scriptures, but He also told them that He will be raised up and meet them back in Galilee.  Even though they were about to go through their greatest struggle in this ministry, Jesus wanted them to know there is hope and He will see them again after it is all over.

It is disappointing, but not surprising that some of them were totally distracted with the prophecy and didn’t grasp what Jesus said about getting back together or even that He would be separated from them for a time.  Isn’t that often how we are?  We get distracted with the pressures we are facing and never consider that God is working on something for good that He wants us to have a part in the victory.  Jesus wanted His friends to know that crisis was coming, but that it was all part of the plan, and it was going to work out for the good of all people.  He didn’t tell any of them to follow Him once He was taken into custody and He didn’t tell them that they had to go with Him to the cross.  He simply told them He would be raised up and meet them in Galilee.

We have the same opportunity today to hold on to His words as we go through our tough times in life.  He has given us an entire book full of promises that we can take with us into every battle and conflict.  He has made provision for every obstacle we come up against in life and some of them are even there to produce His goodness in the environment around us.

Today I want to encourage you to dig deep into God’s word and hold His promises close in your heart and to your life.  If you are not sure where to start, you can consider getting a promise book with scriptures that cover various troubles and concerns we face in our daily living.  Whatever it takes, let the word of God become your greatest strength in every storm that rises and thank Him for His promise to get you through that time to celebrate the victories with Him!

Today’s scripture reading: Mark 14:27-31

27 Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: ‘I will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’

28 “But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.”

29 Peter said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble, yet I will not be.

30 Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that today, even this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.”

31 But he spoke more vehemently, “If I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” and they all said likewise.

Published by L. Lyden

Lynette is a recently published author and coordinator of Voices Magazine who endeavors to use her gifts and influence to encourage and promote aspiring writers. Her Daily Dose blog has been an outlet for her to encourage readers to walk closer to God each day. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who loves spending time and going on special outings with her family.

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