Daily Devotion on Mark 1:40-45

Devotion Text: Mark 1:40-45

“Our God is an Awesome God!”

So often, those words–the name of a popular Christian Contemporary song–are spoken in response to great news. In this story from Mark, a man once afflicted with leprosy had plenty of reason to praise God. He was healed! The disease of leprosy meant that this man had to live away from his family and friends. Leprosy meant being unable to worship with his fellow believers at the temple. Leprosy was a death sentence!

When this man had been healed by Jesus, how could he help but go from village to village screaming to anyone who would listen–“Our God, this Jesus, is an awesome God!”

Yet, for some reason, Jesus didn’t want this man to tell that story. Reading just a little further shows us why, “As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places.” Because this man pointed to the tangible blessings of Jesus, people looked to Jesus as someone who could heal all of their diseases rather than one who could heal their one truly deadly disease–sin.

Jesus certainly can heal every disease, but it is always important to remember that the real reason he came was to heal the world of its sin. Christ did not promise that the lives of Christians would be filled with every blessing imaginable. Instead, he promised that each Christian would be called upon to carry a cross, just as he did. Yet, at the end of our journey here, heaven is waiting for us.

Our God, truly, is an awesome God.

Prayer: Dearest Lord, thank you for the crosses you wish for me to carry. Though their burdens seem so heavy to me here, I know that you have intended them for my good. Though my pain here be great, I know that you are with me. Give me the strength to see your grace in every hurdle as I race onward toward Heaven. Amen.

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About Michael Schottey

Michael Schottey is a Christian, husband, father of two boys, sportswriter, and aspiring author. He graduated from Martin Luther College with a degree in Biblical Languages in 2009. A lifelong midwesterner, he moved to Florida with his family in 2010 and is a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church (WELS).

Posted on February 13, 2012, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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