The idea of these little devotionals is simple. I want to approach scripture with the understanding that God is speaking. I’m reading through the Bible and listening for God to ask me questions. I expect these questions to be fairly open-ended and plan to carry them in my mind throughout the day. I’ll share these questions with you in the hope that you find them challenging and helpful.
28 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. 30 Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. 31 They spoke about his departure,[a] which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. 32 Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 33 As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.)
34 While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” 36 When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.
From this passage I hear God asking me:
I know what you’re thinking. You’re wondering how they knew it was Moses and Elijah.
Glowing clothes, a supernatural cloud, a voice from heaven, and this is what grabs you?
Do your best to separate your familiarity with the story and try to imagine experiencing it as James or John.
Can you do it?
What are your emotions?
How do you react?
Do you want to build a memorial like Peter?
Why do you think they decide not to tell anyone about this?
How would people respond if they did?
How would people respond to you, if you did?
Is God asking you anything more, or anything different? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.