The Unexpected – Luke 6:7-11

“And the scribes and the Pharisees watched him, to see whether he would heal on the Sabbath…And after looking around at them all he said to them, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ And he did so, and his hand was restored. But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.” Luke 6:7-11

Jesus doesn’t always do things the way we might expect. Reading passages like this one, where the Jewish leaders seem to greatly overreact to something He does, it can be easy for us to look at them in condemnation. We see their obviously hardened hearts. They expected a Messiah who would follow the rules by which they had ordered their lives. They wanted someone who would side with them. This man, this Jesus, didn’t fit their ideal.

What I’m wondering this morning is how often we react with anger or frustration when Jesus doesn’t fit our expectations. When God’s plans for us don’t match up to how we thought our life was going to play out. When He uses the weak, the broken, and the sinner to accomplish His purposes. When He calls us to obey Him in ways that don’t look like the pattern everyone else is following.

This account in Luke is reminding me that God’s wisdom is much higher than mine. His plans aren’t always going to go along with what I expect. The ways in which He chooses to work may go directly against what I was hoping for. But all that He does is good. The challenge here is for us to keep seeking His face. To intentionally keep our heart softened toward our God who accomplishes all of His plans and His purposes. To trust Him when nothing really makes sense to us, and simply follow where we know He is calling us.

We look to His Scriptures and we see who our God is. We see that all His paths are steadfast love and faithfulness (Psalm 25:10). We see that of all the good things He has promised us, not one of them has failed (Joshua 23:14). We can trust Him here, in the unexpected. We might struggle with disappointment or anger when His purposes work against ours…bring that to Him. He can take it. He knows. He understands. And He will help you. Keep seeking Him and pouring out your heart. He will remind you who He is. He will show Himself faithful and true.

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