A devotional thought from Keith Whitfield for “Jesus’ Teaching”
When was the last time you sat down and counted the ways God has worked in your life to get you to the point where you are today? What did God do to prepare you? What experiences did you face that helped your faith grow? Seeing the hand of God working in our lives is one of the ways we learn to trust Him more, and it prepares us to trust Him when we are not sure what to do.
Not only can we see God taking the pieces of our lives and remaking them according to His will, but God also takes the pieces of all of history and remakes them according to His will.
One of the verses we look at in this session is Mark 1:15. This verse gives us the very first words of Jesus’ public ministry. By themselves, these words are powerful. But when we see them in context, we discover that God is revealing to us the coming of His King in such a way as to encourage our faith.
In the preceding verses, Mark takes us to the banks of the Jordan River so we can hear the voice from heaven say, “You are My beloved Son; I take delight in You.” Then Mark ushers us into the wilderness with Jesus so we are aware the King faced temptation and resisted it victoriously.
Mark wanted us to see and be convinced that Jesus is the King that God promised to send. This King has God’s blessings and has defeated God’s enemy.
The message of this kingdom requires a response from us. In order to know the assurance of God’s kingdom and experience the power of His kingdom, we must repent of sin and trust in the King.
Pause and Reflect
• Pray: Holy and righteous Father, God of mercy and grace, I believe that your Son has brought me your good news and I believe that He is the King you promised to send. I also believe that I will find protection, rest, peace, and salvation in your kingdom. I believe you want the power of your kingdom to reign in my heart and to be seen in the fruit of righteousness produced in my life. I confess my sins, Father, and gladly offer you my heart, soul, strength, and mind to show you my love and my desire to honor you. In Jesus’ name, amen.