Monday 21 July, 2014

Matthew 11:2-6

2 John was in prison. When he heard what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples to him. 3 They asked Jesus, “Are you the one who was supposed to come? Or should we look for someone else?” 4 Jesus replied, “Go back to John. Report to him what you hear and see. 5 Blind people receive sight. Disabled people walk. Those who have skin diseases are healed. Deaf people hear. Those who are dead are raised to life. And the good news is preached to those who are poor. 6 Blessed are those who do not give up their faith because of me.”

“Are you the one, or should we expect someone else?”. These are the words that stood out when I read this passage.

When Jesus arrived on the scene there were people who were waiting for the Messiah, but it seems that for many of them, Jesus was clearly not what they were expecting.

Isn’t that the way it is with us sometimes? We want a messiah, a saviour to come into our life, but God’s ways are not always exactly what we are expecting. It can be a bit hard to get our heads around the fact that God’s ways are not our ways and we have to trust Him that He always knows best.

The final words Jesus says here are “Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me”.  My personal paraphrase of this statement is, “Can you handle me (Jesus) even if I do things differently to what you expect?… If this doesn’t cause you to stumble, then you are blessed (it’s going to go well for you!)”.

Today, once again I make a choice to agree with God. I choose to accept His ways as the best way, and trust that even when things don’t go the way I want them to, I can know that His plans are always for my good. And He says I am blessed.

Written by Shelley Witt

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