Sunday 23 August, 2015

Mark 14:12-16

12 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 13 So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. 14 Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15 He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” 16 The disciples left, went into the city and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.

I have to spend time with Jesus every morning. I can’t miss it. Not because of superstition or fear – that I’ll have a bad day if I don’t (although, not too surprisingly, I usually do have a bad day if I don’t spend time with Him).

And it’s the little words that mean so much to me now. It’s the encouragement and the peace. It’s the injection of hope he gives. It’s the arming and protective coating that comes and the disarming and shedding of sin, satan and the world’s influence over me. And it happens almost without me knowing it’s happening. I’ve got to have that and it only comes from being with Him.

But something else happens when I spend time with Jesus in the morning – it’s something that the disciples discovered in the passage above…

Jesus knows what’s going to happen in the day ahead.

When Jesus says “this is how you fix that car” or “this is what to say in that meeting” or “this is how you need to respond to that person today”, I am given the most profound and amazing gift. The God of all Heaven is reaching out to help me!  In real time and in real life. (See Ps 46:1)

What a wonderful God!  I praise and thank and worship you Jesus. Your answers and guidance to the seemingly small problems in my life absolutely mean the world to me. You are everything to me.

Amen.

Written by Boudy VanNoppen

2 replies
  1. Andrew Mellor says:

    Wow, thanks Boudy, I’ve forgotten about this gift of late. I bring my whole day ahead before Jesus and he can guide me into it! Thanks brother

  2. Stephen Fell says:

    Thanks Boudy. So many times a day has started poorly and thi is reversed because I have spent time with God. Great reminder that our Lord loves to provide and empower us for the day

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