Who Do We Write Off?

It can be easy to miss what God is doing. It can be very easy.

We can be distracted by the circumstances of life. We can be distracted by sin. We can be distracted by the stuff in our lives. We can be distracted by the stuff in others.

We can judge others too quickly. We can judge ourselves too quickly.

We can just not pay attention to the stuff of God sometimes.

And when we aren’t attuned to God, it can be so easy to miss what He wanting to do.

Listen to what happened in John 1: 45-49:

Philip found Nathanael and said to him, We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. Nathanael said to him, Can anything good come out of Nazareth? Philip said to him, Come and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit! Nathanael said to him, How do you know me? Jesus answered him, Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you. Nathanael answered him, Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!

We see here that Nathanael almost missed Jesus Christ, even after Phillip pointed Jesus out to him. Why?

Because Nathanael, he just knew that nothing good could come out of Nazareth. Nothing. Nothing good could come from that.

So, he almost wrote off Jesus. He almost missed what God was going to do with his life, because surly nothing good could come from Nazareth.


He almost wrote Jesus off, because he already had him mind made up.

Today, be careful. Who do we write off? Who do we prejudge?

How can miss what God wants to do in our lives?

Today, be attuned to the stuff of God. Pray. Listen. Watch. Be gracious. Love.

Look for Jesus in the small things. Look for Jesus in the big things.

Today, if we look, we will see God in our midst. May we not quickly write off what God wants to do.

And may we be faithful in all things!

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One thought on “Who Do We Write Off?

  1. Thanks for reminding me of how easily I can be distracted. We get so caught up in our own lives that we often miss what God is doing in the midst of our lives. We pray for God to do something in our situations and He does, but we miss it because He isn’t responding the way we asked Him to and so we don’t recognize it is Him.

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