“When they came near to Jerusalem, to Bethsphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples, 2 and said to them, “Go your way into the village that is opposite you. Immediately as you enter into it, you will find a young donkey tied, on which no one has sat. Untie him, and bring him. 3 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs him;’ and immediately he will send him back here.” -Mark 11:1-3
How many times have we worried about a situation or circumstance only to find that the way had already been made for you and all that worry was for nothing.
Problems are just a way of life. And it’s easy to forget that while we are sleeping, eating, working, and going through our day-to-day, Jesus is working out the problems, situations, and circumstances in our lives, just as he did for the disciples.
Mark 11: 1-3 lets us see that Jesus already prepared the way for the disciples. Before they entered the town, gotten up for the journey, or guess what, even before they had become a disciple, Jesus had prepared the way for them to achieve what He had designed for them to achieve.
“28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, for those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 Whom He predestined, those he also called. Whom He called, those He also justified. Whom He justified, those He also glorified.” Romans 8:28-30
Knowing that God’s providence is working through His wisdom, power, and control can help us endure when things are going haywire. His predetermined perfect plan, for His glory, is equally designed to benefit His people. That’s something we can miss if we don’t realize the overwhelming love that God has for His people. We can find rest in knowing that Jesus has gone before us pathing the way.
Our Lord wants us to be obedient to His direction and instruction. Trusting His power and love for us. Jesus didn’t send the disciples to the Mount of Olives on a ‘maybe’ or on a ‘wish’, Jesus sent His disciples on a mission to do His Will for His purpose, to carry out His perfect plan that He designed for them at that moment on that day.
We want to remember that it’s not always about God’s plan for our lives in as much as it is God’s plan and purpose for that moment.
esus became angry at the fig tree because although it looked beautiful on the outside it wasn’t producing the fruit that should have been on its branches based on what it appeared to be.
Sometimes when we see a ourselves, we think we will always be the person that we are. But God sees us as so much more.
Sometimes, hearing Jesus’ voice isn’t the problem, sometimes it’s the listening to His Voice that’s the issue…
23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cumin, and have left undone the weightier matters of the law: justice, mercy, and faith. But you ought to have done these, and not to have left the other undone.” – Matthew 23:23