Bible Study & Devotional (Day 68)
Read Today’s Passages (March 9, 2022)
Focal Passage: Mark 14:22-52
Guiding Scripture: Mark 14:48-50, And Jesus said to them, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest Me, as you would against a man inciting a revolt? 49 Every day I was with you within the temple grounds teaching, and you did not arrest Me; but this has taken place so that the Scriptures will be fulfilled.” 50 And His disciples all left Him and fled.
🔴 The Power of God’s Love
Contributing Writer: Robin Lambert
Jesus knew Judas’ heart, and He still washed his feet.
It’s difficult to understand or believe that God can use broken people or flawed individuals to fulfill His plan. Yet, throughout the scriptures, you see Him do this. David dealt with rejection from King Saul. Joseph with betrayal from his brothers. Rahab with her sinful past. Elijah with his bouts of depression. And yes, even Judas who delivered Jesus into the hands of an enemy in violation of his allegiance to Jesus as one of His disciples.
Jesus may have marveled at the small army that came to arrest Him. Yet, He was in command; with a word, He could have destroyed all those who came to arrest Him. Jesus could have stopped Judas from betraying Him, but Jesus knew God had a plan.
Scripture needed to be fulfilled.
At the most dreadful time in history, you were able to see the best that God had to offer – a Savior Who came to redeem the world. Your brokenness isn’t more powerful than His ability to accomplish His will in your life. It was the worst of life which enabled you to experience the best of Who God is.
In the moments of:
Great darkness, God is Light
Disorienting bewilderment, God is our Guide.
Profound loneliness, God is Comfort.
Deepest despair, God shows Himself to be Hope.
Great suffering, God is our Sustainer.
Shrewd deception, our LORD is Truth.
Harsh rejection, Jesus is our Advocate.
The worst betrayal, God is the Covenant Keeper
The filthiest sin, our God is Forgiving.
He doesn’t need perfect people to accomplish His will. Today, dwell on this amazing story, your story, which is full of God’s love, His enabling victory, His abundant grace, and His unchangeable Truth. Jesus knew your heart, and He still washed you clean.
Connect with Robin Lambert at Oily Life
Robin is a California native and a SW Virginia resident who is a wife, mother, grandmother, Young Living Essential Oils representative and founder of Emotionally Messy Friends. The Church is full of women who desire a deeper walk with Christ. Their lives may be a mess, but God doesn’t want to keep them that way!
This devotional was submitted by Robin Lambert, a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose. Edited by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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