Welcome! Sundays blog gives us a chance to rethink some of what was talked about in the service at Point of Grace and process a little of what God might be saying to all of us through His Word!
The Scripture Text for today is Matthew 11:1-6,
"After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee. 2 When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples 3 to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” 4 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 6 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”
In the message today we followed the theme of "Trusting God" that adorned our entire week of Vacation Bible School.
No matter who you are ... ... Trust God! No matter how you feel... ... Trust God! No matter what people do ... ... Trust God! No matter what happens ... ... Trust God! No matter where you are ... ... Trust God!
Those themes resonated precisely with the John story! He was struggling with the dire condition of his own circumstances and sought out Jesus for hope and encouragement. Verse 6 really is profound. Jesus knows that some of the things He will do (like leaving his favorite prophet in prison) will make it hard for people to continue to "trust" Him. He offers blessing for all who will not fall away from faith even when He isn't the kind of God they thought they had and acts in ways that are disappointing and confusing for us humans.
It is in those times (like being in prison for Jesus when you know Jesus could free you) when circumstances do not seem fair or God seems to be distant that call for deeper levels of trust. It is those times that I tend to ask "Why?" alot. I think God is trying to move me to a deeper level of faith by converting my "Why?" to "How?" .......... From "God, Why is this happening?" to "God, Iam facing this big challenge, How are you going to lead me through it?"
The "How?" question leads me to stepping forward into life with anticipation andopenness to see how God is going to lead His child through the realities of life. I do not want this to sound parochial for idealistic but for me right now in my faith walk moving from questioning frustration to expectant openness is a big but very necessary step.
How did this text and this morning's worship and message strike all of you?
What is rolling around in your heart and mind? How is God getting your attention today?
Have a great week!