Matthew Chapter 12
From the moment of His conception, Jesus confused the world He entered. And honestly, sometimes He doesn’t make sense to me. But His words and actions can be confusing to the world in which we live because we have gotten so far from God’s original intentions for it.
In Matthew 12, Jesus offends the Pharisees by doing what they think is unlawful on the Sabbath. He upsets them again when He calls Himself the Son of Man. Later, he calls them a “brood of vipers” and an “evil and adulterous generation.” Finally, He seems to disregard His family in favor of His mission.
When Jesus confuses us, we can either become angry and frustrated that He isn’t the way we like to see Him, or feel guilty for being unsettled and bury our doubts. Neither is how God wants us to react when He makes us uncomfortable.
The truth is, God doesn’t want us to be comfortable! Anyone who has doubted and yet persevered in faith knows that if we let our questioning press us into God instead of away from Him, we will end up with hearts more securely bound to His own.
What things in the Bible have upset or challenged you? What things have you read that you choose to push to the side because they make you uncomfortable? Are you afraid that if you push too far, the basis of your faith will crumble?
Today, bring those things to God. He is not afraid of your questions, nor do they make Him angry. Trust that He is bigger than any doubt you can have, and if you dig deeper, you’re not going to find the man behind the curtain. You’re going to find streams of living water that call out to your thirsty soul. He will not disappoint.