Monday, May 23, 2016

Luke 9:34-36

Luke 9:34-36
And while he said these things, a cloud became and it was overshadowing them.  They were afraid in their entry into the cloud.  And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, the one who has been chosen.  Listen to Him!”  And in the coming of the voice, Jesus was being found alone.  And the kept silent and they told nobody in those days anything that they have seen.

Thoughts for Today

First Thought:

Ever have that moment when you speak and only after the words are out of your mouth do you realize you shouldn’t have spoken?  I can only imagine that’s just how Peter feels in this story.  He’s in the middle of nervous babbling when a supernatural crowd surrounds him.  That’s God’s way of telling Peter to shut up.  Peter is babbling; God wants to interrupt Him and remind Him what is truly important.  God puts the focus on Jesus and stops Peter from continuing his nervous babbling.

When has God intervened into your life in a dramatic way that got your attention? Do you find that God frequently or rarely interjects Himself into your thoughts, words, and actions?

Second Thought:

I also can’t fault the disciples in their fear.  They wake up and see Jesus talking with two long-dead people.  Suddenly they are surrounded by a cloud.  The cloud would serve to limit their visibility.  If it was thick enough it might have also isolated them from one another.  All things being equal, I’m pretty sure I would have been afraid, too.  I can’t really even fault them for not saying anything after the event, either.  How exactly do you explain what just happened to them without the people around you thinking that you are crazy?

Are you ever afraid when you are in the presence of God?  Why should fear be one of our natural reactions?

Third Thought:

God gives the disciples great advice.  Listen to Jesus.  It’s so simple, isn’t it?  Just listen to Him.  He is the one who has been chosen.  He is the Messiah.  He is the redeemer.  He is the one who makes sanctification possible.  Why wouldn’t we listen to Him?

Why don’t we often listen to Him?  Why do we need to be reminded to listen to Him?  When are you most likely to need to be reminded to listen to Him?

Passage for Tomorrow: Luke 9:37-43
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