Welcome! Want to start at the begining of the Devotional Series through Mark? Click here!
Don't you love it when God gives you such a timely reminder of His love and faithfulness? This chapter was just that for me. It was a gentle reminder to dig into God's word even when you don't feel like it and that He always has your best in mind... no matter what.
Start today by confessing any sin (especially sin that affects other people) and then read Mark Nine.
The transfiguration is something that feels so special to me. Remember when you first invited God to be on the throne of your life? Remember how you got to see a glimpse of who He truly is? Imagine seeing all of His glory at once. So amazing.
But what stuck out to me wasn't what happen durring the transfiguation, but after Jesus and some of His friends came down from the mountian.
Join me again in reading verses 14-18.
14 When they came to the disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and scribes disputing with them. 15 All of a sudden, when the whole crowd saw Him, they were amazed and ran to greet Him. 16 Then He asked them, “What are you arguing with them about?”
17 Out of the crowd, one man answered Him, “Teacher, I brought my son to You. He has a spirit that makes him unable to speak. 18 Wherever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I asked Your disciples to drive it out, but they couldn’t.”
They couldn't. But why? Jesus had already given them the authority to do such miracles, but why was this one so different? They had done things even crazier before!
I think they had a heart condition problem, While this is entirely just my reading of the situation. I think the remaining disciples watched Jesus walk off into the distance with "chosen" people (Peter, James, and John) and they felt left out.
They thought they were forggoten.
They thought they were loved less.
They might have gotten into their own heads about specfics as to why Jesus didn't pick them to go with them.
Instead of resting in the confidence that Jesus had given them they chose to let it get in the way of them serving His Kingdom.
Have you done the same? Pray. Ask the Lord to correct your heart where He needs to.
Here at Desperately Dependent, I write about how I need God much more than He needs me. I write about how living the Spirit Filled Life is changing me and the people around me. And how so many 'failures' and awkward situations arise from being a Christian Twenty Something.