Daily D – Luke 22:39, 54
Luke 22:39 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. (NIV)
Luke 22:54 Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance. (NIV)
How closely we follow Jesus most often depends on how convenient and safe it is. After Jesus initiated what we call the Lord’s Supper, his disciples followed him to the Mount of Olives. After he was arrested, Peter followed at a distance.
Is this an immediate presence day or an at-a-distance day?
Is this an “Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before” day? Or is this a “going got tough, now I gotta get going” day?
Read this chapter and see how Jesus provides everything his disciples needed for what was happening in those moments, including a reminder that where he guides, he provides (verse 35).
Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?” “Nothing,” they answered.
It is always better to stay close to Jesus.
Peter’s problems began when he placed some distance — physical and relational — between himself and Jesus.
This is also true for you and for me.
Referees in an NFL football game were trying to decide if a team had made a first down. They dragged the chains onto the field to measure. The ball was close, really, really close, to the yard marker. How close? The referee took an index card and tried to slide it between the marker and the ball. That’s pretty close.
That’s about as far away from Jesus as I ever want to get. How about you?
Today is a good day to walk with Jesus. Stick close to him. He’s all you need. The longer you do this, the more you will discover he is also all you want.
I will walk ever-more closely with Jesus.
Our Father, keep me closer than an index card’s distance today and every day. I want to be with you. I want to go with you. I want what you want for me. Amen.
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Daily D – Job 19:23-24
Job 19:23, 24 “Oh, that my words could be recorded. Oh, that they could be inscribed on a monument, carved with an iron chisel and filled with lead, engraved forever in the rock.”
Daily D – Job 14:14-17
Job 14:14-17 “Can the dead live again? If so, this would give me hope through all my years of struggle, and I would eagerly await the release of death. You would call and I would answer, and you would yearn for me, your handiwork. For then you would guard my steps, instead of watching for my sins. My sins would be sealed in a pouch, and you would cover my guilt.”
Daily D – Psalm 5:3
Psalm 5:3 Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.
Daily D – Psalm 4:8
Psalm 4:8 “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.”
Daily D – Luke 10:5-6
Luke 10:5, 6 “Whenever you enter someone’s home, first say, ‘May God’s peace be on this house.’ If those who live there are peaceful, the blessing will stand; if they are not, the blessing will return to you.”