Luke 9 “And they were all amazed at the greatness of God.”
Jesus had just come down from the mountain on which He was transfigured. He descends from His glorious conversation with Moses and Elijah to meet a man whose only son is repeatedly tormented by a demon.
The father pitifully describes how his son suddenly screams when the demon seizes him and all the terrible things the demon does to his son while he stands by helplessly.
Jesus’ response seems less than compassionate: “You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you and put up with you? Bring your son here.” And Jesus promptly rebukes the demon and heals the son.
Seems harsh, but knowing the great compassion of Jesus, I must look deeper.
The story concludes with “And they were all amazed at the greatness of God.”
Sometimes when I pray for something and God answers in an unexpectedly wonderful and powerful way, I am amazed at the greatness of God.
Should I be surprised by God’s greatness? Humanly speaking, the answer is probably yes.
But as a child of God, the answer should probably be no. Was that not the disciples’ problem the second time Jesus told them to feed the multitude?
Do I stand by helplessly when I should be acting powerfully? Do I exasperate my compassionate, faithful, powerful Lord with my lack of faith and understanding of how great and wonderful He is?
Or am I full of faith and confidence and power in Christ, like Moses and Elijah were?
So help me, God!
P.s. I am sorry for the break in Daily Devotionals… we’re back on track now!!