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.
50 Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was looking for the kingdom of God. 52 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53 Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid. 54 It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning.[a] 55 The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid. 56 Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments.
On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.
From this passage I hear God asking me:
Have you thought about Joseph’s situation?
Do you think he was a popular man on the council?
Was he the only one who was “looking for the kingdom of God”?
Do you think he was criticized for this?
Why weren’t they all looking for the kingdom of God?
When there’s only one person on a team doing what the team is supposed to be doing, is he appreciated by the rest of the team?
Is he appreciated by the coach?
Whose appreciation is more important?
Then why is it so hard to be like Joseph?
Is God asking you anything more, or anything different?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.