Today’s Date: February 05 , 2010
Reading: Exodus 21:22-23:13, Matt 24:1-28, Psalm 29:1-11, Proverbs 7:6-23
Blackaby: Mark 1:36 Seeking Jesus
S – Scripture:
And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him. (Mark 1:36)
O – Observation:
Blackaby’s devotion today, “Seeking Jesus” is key to one of my favorite scriptures which is Mt 6:33 “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and he will make your path straight.” In Blackaby’s devotion he talks about how Simon Peter didn’t always say or do the right things, yet he was always seeking after Jesus.
Read it here for yourself:
Simon Peter is well known to us for his foolish, extemporaneous statements throughout the Gospels (Matt. 16:22; 17:4; 26:33). But Peter was always seeking after Jesus. Peter followed Jesus from afar during the night of Jesus’ crucifixion (Matt. 26:58). Peter ran to the tomb when he heard Jesus had risen (Luke 24:12). Peter swam in the sea in his haste to get to Jesus (John 21:7) and even walked on water in order to join Jesus (Matt. 14:29).
Whenever we see Peter coming to Jesus he is always accompanied by others. Because Peter was seeking Jesus, others sought Him too. What are you known for by those who know you best? Do they see you searching for fame, power, success, or happiness? Are you known as a person who seeks after Jesus? God promises: “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jer. 29:13).
Did you begin today intent on encountering Jesus? Is your search for Him halfhearted, or are you seeking Him with all your heart? Have others grown closer to Jesus because they followed your example and sought Jesus? If your heart is set on pursuing Jesus, you will always find Him. “And the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let him who thirsts come” (Rev. 22:17).
You’ll notice that often times I will comment on another devotion while reading my One Year Bible, as the additional devotions can always be used in my SOAP. The time I spend “Seeking Jesus” is not only what I write or don’t write but how I spend the time in his Word, reflecting upon what I have read, thinking about how to apply at least one verse to my life, and prayer.
A – Application:
I will remember Simon Peter and his search for Jesus when I read these scriptures and remember that I am not perfect, never claimed to be, yet I can continue to seek Jesus even when I make mistakes I know I can go to the Father for guidance and be redirected.
As the scripture says, Jeremiah 29:13 (see above)
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P – Prayer:
Father thank you for your love and mercy. Forgive me for my sins. Help me to continually be seeking you in all things and to bring others with me. In Jesus name, amen.
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