Day 5 – Follow the Lord
The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, He said to him, “Follow Me.”
Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote— Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
“Come and see,” said Philip (John 1:43-46).
The behavior of these men tells us that the Messiah had been expected. Somehow, with only a handful of words, Jesus recruited His disciples. Jesus called His followers to Himself. He simply asked each one to follow Him. Philip identified Jesus as the one Moses and the Prophets wrote about, and he told his friends.
- Why was Nathanael skeptical? How did Philip respond to Nathanael’s doubt?
- Do we know the ways in which God is going to appear to us?
- Can our expectations about the Lord hamper us?
2 CHRONICLES 34:31
The king stood by his pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord—to follow the Lord and keep His commands, regulations and decrees with all his heart and all his soul, and to obey the words of the covenant written in this book (2 Chronicles 34:31).
Imagine standing in the courtyard of a palace and hearing the king of a nation make a covenant before the Lord to honor Him and His ways. The very idea thrills the soul. A person of authority chooses to honor the highest authority.
- When was the last time you heard a king or a leader make a covenant to follow the Lord and to keep His commandments?
- What must we believe to follow a person or to follow God?
- What happens to a nation that chooses to honor God?