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.
49 “I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! 50 I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished! 51 Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. 52 For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
From this passage I hear God asking me:
Do you find this passage troubling?
Haven’t you experienced its truth?
Didn’t I teach to love your neighbor?
Didn’t I teach to love your enemy?
Didn’t I teach to forgive as many times as it takes?
Didn’t I teach to turn the other cheek and walk the second mile?
So, why am I so divisive?
Because it’s not about what I taught, it’s about who I AM.
Why do people think you can have one without the other?
Is God asking you anything more, or anything different?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.