A 5-day devotional by Toluwa Dada
Day 1 // Remember, He provides
Luke 9:2-3 & 13
2 Then he sent them out to tell everyone about the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 3 “Take nothing for your journey,” he instructed them. “Don’t take a walking stick, a traveller’s bag, food, money, or even a change of clothes.
13 But Jesus said, “You feed them.” “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Or are you expecting us to go and buy enough food for this whole crowd?”
Within this one chapter, we get two separate scenarios involving the same people, at different points in history. These two stories have a similar theme….. PROVISION.
In verse two Jesus sends His disciples out and tells them to take nothing with them. I assume this is because God would provide all they needed on this journey. Once reunited, however, the disciples are in a situation in which provision is needed. Their first thought was to send the people to fend for themselves rather than to ask God to bring provision for their need.
The point I am making is, we can be just like these disciples and forget the way God has provided for us previously. But I encourage you to remember; He provides.
You may say: ‘I can’t see how God will provide’, remember, He provides. ‘This situation is different compared to last time’, remember, He provides.
Lord God, thank you that You are the ultimate provider. Help us not to forget that, however bleak the situation may seem, that You are our provider. In Your powerful name Jesus, Amen.
Day 2 // There is room
22 After the servant had done this, he reported, ‘There is still room for more.’
To provide some context, Jesus was telling the parable of the great feast. A man prepared a feast for many people; however, his chosen people had excuses and didn’t choose to come. As a result, the invitation was extended to anyone that was available. This picture is still present today when speaking about the banquet table in heaven.
The term ‘still’ implies that there once was and that there has not been a change. The term ‘more’ gives us the idea of an increased amount. Placing the two words together gives us this picture that heaven’s table is willing to receive more guests. However, the onus is on us to introduce these people (our neighbours, friends, colleagues, family) to the one who is organising the feast.
‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyoneyou find to come, so that the house will be full.’– Verse 23.
Everyone is invited, no one is exempt, tell your world, show your world.
Jesus, thank you that You want us, all of us. Help us to be people who are unafraid and unashamed to tell our world about You. Help our words and our actions to point people to You. In Your gracious name Jesus, Amen.
Day 3 // Choice and Priority
39 Then, accompanied by the disciples, Jesus left the upstairs room and went as usual to the Mount of Olives. 40 There he told them, “Pray that you will not give in to temptation.”
Two terms in this verse stick out to me, ‘Jesus left’ and ‘as usual’.
For anyone to leave a location, there comes some form of intentionality and purpose attached. If you remove yourself from a situation or space, you often have the power of choice within the situation. Jesus chose to leave the current situation He was in to go and spend time with God, I believe it is because Jesus saw the importance of this.
The term ‘as usual’ points me to the idea that Jesus leaving a situation to be with God was not a one-time occurrence, but it was regular and consistent. Jesus prioritised time with the Father because He understood the importance of it.
I do not think Jesus ever gave us a time minimum or maximum in terms of spending quiet, exclusive time with Him. He just modelled to us that it should be done.
I encourage you, choose to make your time with God important. Choose to make your time with God a regular occurrence. Choose to make your time with God a priority.
Jesus, thank you that You want us to spend time with You, and that You want to spend time with us. Help us to spend meaningful time in Your presence (however long or short). Help us to make You a priority. In your loving name Jesus, Amen.
Day 4 // How do you see Jesus?
8 Herod was delighted at the opportunity to see Jesus, because he had heard about him and had been hoping for a long time to see him perform a miracle.
Herod’s excitement stemmed from wanting to see Jesus perform a miracle. I guess there is nothing wrong with wanting to see Jesus perform a miracle. In this case, I feel it is a bit patronising. Herod treated Jesus as if He were simply a performer or entertainer and not a life giver, provider and redeemer. Herod seemed to put Jesus in a box, treating Him as someone or something that simply tended to Herod’s own delight. Herod only had one perspective of Jesus.
Sometimes we can be like this with Jesus, putting Him in a box, limiting our own perspective of Him. This leads to an obstruction of a developing and flourishing relationship with the one who gave His life to redeem us, save us and be in real relationship with Him.
‘…. So be on guard; then you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing. 18 Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.’ 2 Peter 3:17-18.
Holy Spirit, thank you for working in and through us, I ask that You continue to do so. Help us to not box You in, to not have one perspective of the God head, but to grow in knowledge of who You really are. Help us to grow in relationship with You. In Your humble name Jesus, Amen.
Day 5 // Seeing…. Truth
21 We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel.
To provide some context to this verse, Jesus had been crucified by this point. Two of Jesus’ followers were on a walk and dialoguing with Jesus (unbeknown to them). After speaking about what had occurred over the past few days (Jesus’ trial and crucifixion), one of the followers says, ‘We had hoped He was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel’.
It is crazy how what we see/the situation we are in/the season that we are going through can dictate what we believe to be truth. ‘Hoped’ refers to past tense, meaning they once believed the truth that Jesus was the Messiah, but the situation blinded them to the truth.
In this dialogue Jesus goes on to say,“You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures.”
The truth was written for them in the scriptures, Jesus ticked every box that God has declared through the prophets. It is so easy, however, to have vision that is tied to what we physically see, rather than to have the perspective of truth.
Choosing truth is a choice; seeing with truth attached is a choice. Keep choosing to make these choices.
Jesus, thank you that You are the truth - the real deal - You came and saved, even though it may have not looked as we would have expected. Please help us to see Your truth, even when situations try and get us to see something other than Your truth. Let Your truth forever be what we choose to see. In your faithful name Jesus, Amen.