Read Luke – Chapter 18
As you read through chapter 18 today, here are some questions to ponder (they'll make sense as you thoughtfully read through each section).
When have you prayed for a long time, with tenacity and fervency, until you received your answer? What does it tell us about God’s character when Jesus juxtaposes him with an unjust judge?
What does it look like to have the faith of a child? Are there areas in your life where you struggle to gain control rather than humbly acknowledge that control is an illusion and trust God instead? Where do you need more childlike faith in your loving Father?
Jesus brings up the idea of money yet again. It’s not that money is bad in itself, it’s that money competes with God for our attention and desires. It’s so easy to either rest assured because we have what we need or to think that if only we could get more, we’ll be OK and life will be good.
What competes with God for your attention and affection? Ask God to point out to you if you have anything you worship more than than him.
Later Jesus predicts his death again and once again — very clearly stating what was going to happen in Jerusalem. Again, his followers missed his meaning.
Was it because it didn’t line up with their ideas and how they imagined things playing out? Perhaps they imagined they were heading to Jerusalem where Jesus would overthrow the Roman oppressors. After all, they had seen Jesus bring people back to life and feed crowds with just a little food — these abilities would be great assets for a conquering hero! Were they so committed to their own vision of what was to come that they missed the point of Jesus’ words again?
Spend some time asking the Holy Spirit to reveal truths about himself where you may be missing the point — and like the blind beggar in the last section, receive your sight.
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