Five Minutes with God

Five Minutes with God is a distinct and exciting approach to daily Bible devotionals. Instead of a lofty goal of going through the entire Bible—or even the New Testament—in one year, Five Minutes with God focuses on shorter passages so that the reader can absorb more of the text and apply it to everyday life. This daily podcast will step you through the Gospel accounts of the life of Christ. Each day’s podcast also ends with a thought for further reflection and a call to prayer. By reading, reflecting, and praying, Five Minutes with God will help you come to know Him, love Him, and follow Him like never before.
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May 24, 2015

HOST: Michael Whitworth

SPONSOR: Logos Bible Software

Jesus went on from there and walked beside the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the mountain and sat down there. And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them, so that the crowd wondered, when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they glorified the God of Israel.

Many commentators believe that this is the same occasion as yesterday’s reading. While Mark, writing to a Gentile audience, chooses to focus on one particular example of Jesus’ healing power (and that toward a Gentile), Matthew gives us the bigger picture of the many who came to Jesus for healing on that occasion and received it. As we have stated before, Jesus always had a purpose. Every word, every action, every teaching was carefully crafted to bring about God’s will and to fulfill His earthly purpose. So if not simply to restore health and life, what was His purpose in healing so many? I believe that this text states that purpose: “And they glorified the God of Israel.” Beyond His ultimate mission of becoming the perfect sacrifice for our sins, Jesus came to this world to bring glory to God, and that He did. Every word and action pointed to and illuminated God. He caused people to think about and see God in a different way than they had before. He renewed their faith and zeal. He gave them hope. And He calls us to do the same in our lives—to glorify God as we point people to Him. “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

How can we glorify God in our lives?

Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!