Archive for May 20th, 2008

The One We Seek

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Today’s scripture: Luke 7:18-35 (ESV-text and audio) (KJV) (The Message)

As you read, consider: What might God be saying to me? Summarize your thoughts in a sentence or two.

My thoughts (Ben Lamb):

Jeepers; what it takes to convince some people! John’s disciples had just watched Jesus perform all sorts of miracles, and they still asked if he’s “the one.” Yeah, I know that’s the question John told them to ask, but I’d think the two chaps could’ve at least rephrased the question more affirmatively with, “Aren’t you the one…?”

But then I had to reflect on times when God has obviously worked in my own life and I’ve chalked it up to coincidence, hard work, perseverance, or luck and never stopped initially to say, “Thank you, God, for intervening directly in my life.” Example: years ago, I fell and the resulting head injury sent me into a grand mal seizure, with my body vitals going wildly out of control for several hours. Yet, I recovered completely in less than 24 hours. What I thought of as good luck at the time wasn’t “luck” at all.

Yet Jesus doesn’t insult the two disciples in his response. Sometimes I need to be more kind when giving a reply to people who ask me a question whose answer seems totally obvious.

I believe Jesus show a sense of humor when asking the crowd about what they came to see when seeking John. He offers possibilities which seem comical when visualized as being desert destinations: a tall clump of swaying grasses or a rich person all gussied up in a swanky house. When he undoubtedly has their attention, he gets more serious and tells them the real scoop about John. It’s beyond my understanding how some people believe it’s nearly a sin to crack a smile while worshiping. Hey, if Jesus enjoyed laughing, then…

I think that Jesus was a master at understanding human psychology. He was the one who said, “You just can’t please some people no matter what.” (vv.33-34). That’s so true. Oh, wait. I’m seeing myself again. Gotta do a reality check once more.

Thought for the day: Jesus, thank you for interacting with us on our level of understanding. While on earth, you served — and your teachings continue to serve — as the bridge between God and the human race.

We encourage you to include a time of prayer with this reading. If you need a place to get started, consider the guidelines on the How to Pray page.

"Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
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