Daily Bread 1/9/2023


Daily Bread – January 9, 2023 (The Second Day – Genesis 1:6-8) Mark 6:6 – And He was amazed at their unbelief. And He went to the different villages teaching. With all the signs and wonders and awesome display of the anointing of the Spirit and the presence of God, everyone who encountered Jesus should have realized they had encountered the Savior. However, they were prisoners of their own selfish interests and circumstances, and could neither see, hear, nor understand – in so much that Jesus was amazed! The same applies to every man when it comes to the point of the things they are convinced of. Many times, the limits of our own understanding and beliefs are the point at which we are no longer able to hear the voice of God. It was even true of the disciples who had spent so much time with Jesus. They could not believe Jesus would be anything less than the ruler of the world. The idea that He would ultimately be rejected and crucified had no place in their theology, and therefore, it was something they could not understand. After Jesus had arisen from the dead, He came to the eleven and He rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart (Mark 16:14). What things has God told you that you refuse to believe? What harassments and disappointments have become bigger to you than all the promises of God? What things do you believe about God that keep you from hearing His Word, and from understanding all of the proofs He has presented to convince you of His will for your life? Oh, that each person would humble themselves under the mighty hand of God, and understand God has exalted His Word above His Own Name (Psalm 138:2, 119:89; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33). All we must do is forsake our own opinions, humble ourselves like a little child, and believe and follow Him into the things we cannot understand (Matthew 18:3-4; 1 Peter 5:6; Isaiah 66:1-2). Should we be willing to be so simple and so trusting and yielded, then we will see the mighty hand of God’s power revealed to us! Blessings, Pastor Mark Spitsbergen