Bible Ballistics: BBs #744 Stepping Forward???
“And after six days Jesus taketh with him
Peter, and James,
and leadeth them
up into an high mountain
apart by themselves:
and he was transfigured
before them.” Mark 9:2
I don’t know about you, but it’s been very busy at our house, with a lot of changes on the horizon, yet God has it all in HIS hand, and totally in HIS control. Oh, how often we forget the certainty of God’s faithful, sovereign control as well as HIS love for us and HIS commitment to conform us into the image of our Lord Jesus.
I invite you to ponder this short verse and consider a few simple thoughts:
After a time—Jesus isn’t a slot machine, where we put in our quarter, pull the handle and blessings, directions and prosperity fall out. God is often answering our prayers with the command to “wait”!
Leading is the general practice of The Lord; Jesus didn’t push, or prod, and he never “drove” His own (although He did “drive” the money changers out of the Temple), and we need to heed that temptation in our current Christian culture. Driving people to a heated frenzy is not God’s way!
UP! Jesus led them up to a high mountain, He calls us to go upward in our pursuit to follow HIM!
Apart! Jesus led them away from the crowds, away from the demands of daily ministry to a place of solitude with HIMSELF, without the distractions of daily living, crowds, questions, healings, or any other thing that we may put ahead of being alone with Jesus.
Transfigured! Jesus revealed HIS glory to these three close friends and disciples. When we choose to follow Jesus into that place of solitude, HE will often reveal new things to us, whether it’s a new call, comfort, instructions for ministry, or some simple and refreshing time in HIS presence.
It’s our choice! Will we commit and yield ourselves to HIS leading or settle for “I’m ok on my own!” Oh, to learn to hear His “still small voice” and run into His arms! Let’s choose JESUS!
“I beseech you therefore, brethren,
by the mercies of God,
that ye present your bodies
a living sacrifice,
acceptable unto God,
which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed
to this world:
but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind,
that ye may prove
what is that good,
will of God.” Romans 12:1-2
May we draw near to Jesus and receive of HIM all that HE has for us, then use it for His glory, and the good of others! Blessings on you and yours my friends! Our God is our “ever present help”!
Amen and Amen!!!