Bible Reading: Mark 9:14-29
Key Verse: Verse 28– "And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?"
Key Words: Why could not we cast him out?
Jesus trained His disciples for their future roles. He taught by example and by precept. His teaching was done “on the road.” Jesus did not ask the disciples to sit down and take notes. Jesus’ classroom was on the highways and byways of life. Jesus placed His disciples into roles that required on-the-job training. In our Bible reading we see the disciples unable to help the young lunatic. Jesus did not protect the disciples from the difficult task of life but He taught them how to handle the task, and told them why they had failed.
Jesus was preparing them for their specific task in life. God does that with us. For example, God prepared Adoniram Judson to become a pioneer missionary in Burma by giving him the necessary qualities of graciousness and courage.
Professor G. Warneck described Hudson Taylor as a man full of faith and the Holy Ghost, entirely surrendered to God and His calling on his life. God does not send us where He has not prepared us to go.
A great statesman made a speech that turned the tide of the nation. “May I ask how long you spent preparing that speech?” an admirer asked. The statesman responded, “All my life.”
So it is with God. God is preparing you for some great thing. It may not be great in the eyes of man, but it is in the eyes of God. So I challenge you to be faithful, dear friend. God is preparing some of you to lead. Some will lead a few, others many; but lead you must!!
What to do:
✞ Don’t begrudge the preparation of God. He’s preparing you for some great task.
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