Jesus said to His disciples in Mark 6:31 ‘"Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.’" For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.” In ministry and life you need to remember that you may have a plan but the Father may have a different one. When Jesus saw the multitudes, the first plan was scrapped because of the desire of the people; He had compassion on them and began to teach them. When the hour became late, the disciples urged Jesus to tell the people to do the rational thing; go and get something to eat. But Jesus told His disciples to do the supernatural thing; “you give them something to eat.” How often have we opted for the plan that made sense instead of doing what we should have done as sons of God and citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven? After the Lord Jesus multiplies the 5 loaves and 2 fish to feed the multitude He sends His disciples to row their boat into the wind all night. I think He was trying to give them an example of living in their own strength verses living in the supernatural Kingdom of God by faith. Doing things in our own thinking and strength is hard and fruitless. The disciples rowed into the wind through the night while Jesus spent time in prayer. Mark 6:48 says, “Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by.” Why would He walk to them, yet determine to pass them by? He was demonstrating to them how He wanted them to live; how He wanted them to “walk” in life. You will always overpass those striving and straining when you walk in God’s ability; when you walk in the Kingdom.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan