Friday, July 22, 2011

Daily Gospel Devotional: July 22

John 10:40-42…

Here come the sheep…

Jesus controlled His own destiny. He would not be killed by the religious crowd and their attempt at mob violence. He would return to Jerusalem on His own terms at the final Passover, the time appointed by the Father for Him to die. Jesus is in control (John 10:17-18).

In the meantime He went back to the place where John the Baptist had publically identified Him as Messiah. The atmosphere there was quite different than the hotbed of the Jerusalem temple. Of course, during the time of John the Baptist it didn’t seem as if Jesus had gained much of a following there. Yet despite his apparent failure, John the Baptist’s witness was not wasted; in God’s timing, it led many to be saved.

It can take a while for the Providence of God to produce a harvest. God’s watch doesn’t work like ours, although it is more divinely precise. We are the ones who need attuning. Your “weak witness” or “I wish I would have said that” doesn’t mean that God won’t use what you have said. It means that you are responsible to be ready (1 Peter 3:15 / Philemon 1:6), and God is responsible for the results.

Jesus does all things well (Mark 7:37), even when we don’t think we do. Just get out there and tell people about Jesus. Remember, we don’t make sheep, we find them. He is the one who promised that they would hear and follow. He didn’t say when.

“Living For Today With An Eye For Tomorrow”©


Mrs. Even So... said...

Praise ye the Lord! For His infinite grace and mercy!

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Mandi said...

Very encouraging. And a bit of humble pie there as well. :)