Hearing 101

“When they came together in Galilee, he said to them, ‘The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men.  They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life. ‘And the disciples were filled with grief.”  Matthew 17:22-23.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: 2 Samuel 6, 1 Chronicles 13, Psalm 68, and Matthew 17.

Jesus often said that people, including the disciples, did not understand what He told them.  Today’s verses reveal one such instance.

Jesus tells the disciples that He is going to be killed BUT He also tells them that He will come back to life.

The disciples heard the first part but ignored the second part.  Why?  His raising the dead, they had seen  but being raised from the dead Himself was incomprehensible to them.

We often limit God.  We assume that the situation we are in is off-limits to His intervention.  Think about the disciples; He feeds thousands from practically nothing but a short time later the disciples fear for their lives when they’re caught in a storm on the lake.  They don’t equate the Jesus of the feeding to the Jesus who controls the weather.  The “weather part” hadn’t been done before so they weren’t ready to trust Him to handle it.

I must be quick to admit that it is easy, in hindsight, to criticize the disciples.  Why didn’t they know?  BUT we’re worse than the disciples, because we have two thousand years of God’s interventions beyond theirs and yet we still doubt.

God is in charge.  He is unlimited.  We can trust Him to do the right thing in every situation.  Our task is to be in allegiance to Him.  He loves us.  He’ll take care of us in the best way possible.

“Lord, have Your Way with me.  Forgive me for doubting Your power by trusting other gods.  You are my God.  Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”

God is NOT overwhelmed by your circumstances.  Trust Him for help.

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