January 29 / Proverbs 29 / Mark 1

Jesus in solitude

Proverbs 29:1

Whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism will suddenly be destroyed beyond recovery.

This verse actually makes me want to receive criticism (constructive of course), so could someone please constructively criticize me today? I promise I’ll accept it!

Proverbs 29:25

Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.

To be intimidated by someone is to put them on a pedestal. That is very dangerous indeed.

There’s only one person who deserves a pedestal. I suggest you keep it clear and reserved for Him.

Mark 1:35

Jesus made time alone with God a priority.

Do you?

If not, why?

Do you feel that you don’t need as much time alone with God as Jesus needed?

The work of the Son of God is both an inward and an outward work. Jesus cannot extend himself outward in compassion without first attending to the source of his mission and purpose with the father; and, conversely, his oneness with the Father complex him outward in mission. The significance of Jesus’ ministry consists not simply in what he does for humanity, but equally in who he is in relation to the Father, Jesus is, according to Mark’s narrative, neither contemplative ascetic nor social activist. He does not promote an agenda but derives a ministry from a relationship with the Father. He is the Son, one in being with the Father; and the servant, one in purpose with his will.

-James R. Edwards

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