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.
51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. 53 But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54 And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”[e] 55 But he turned and rebuked them.[f] 56 And they went on to another village.
From this passage I hear God asking me:
What did Jesus ask the disciples to do?
Did they do it?
Were they successful?
These people obviously had a problem with Jesus and his followers.
Did Jesus need them to fight for him?
What did Jesus ask you to do?
Have you done it?
Are you successful?
Does Jesus need you to fight for him?
What can you learn here about dealing with people that have a problem with Jesus and his followers?
Is God asking you anything more, or anything different? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.