Comprehension Opener

        “I just don’t understand.” We’ve all said it. We’ve all had stuff happen to us that we don’t understand. It’s especially difficult when we are doing our best to concentrate on pleasing God with our lives.

         After Jesus was crucified, the disciples felt this way. I’m sure each one said to himself, “I just don’t understand.” After all, they had concentrated on Jesus for 3 ½ years. They had literally walked with Him. He had taught them to pray, allowed them to heal the sick, and they experienced having the demons be subject to them. They’d watched as Jesus fed multitudes, commanded nature to obey, and raised the dead. They were convinced that they had found the Messiah and were determined to go with Him all the way. And then Jesus was murdered. The disciples’ hearts were in the right place. To the best of their ability, they had done almost everything right. Yet now all their hopes and dreams were shattered.

          Then came resurrection morning and the following days.

         Jesus had risen from the dead and He appeared to talk with His disciples. He asked them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Luke 24:38 (NKJ). Then after showing them His scars, He reminded them that He had told them “that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me” Luke 24:44. Then Luke writes a very important commentary sentence. “And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures” Luke 24:45.

        Here is a key point we too must grasp. When we have tried as hard as we can, to do all that we can, to be the best we can be, and things still go awry, let Jesus open our understanding so we can comprehend the Scriptures. We just may find that our losses and dry times don’t have anything at all to do with us. The disciples’ discouragement happened because Jesus had other work to do, but the work He was doing—leading captivity captive (Ephesians 4:8-10) and ascending to His Father, possibly to deposit His blood at His Father’s feet on our behalf (John 20:17)—would ultimately be for their benefit.

         Our discouragement, like everything else in the life of a believer, can be offered to Jesus for God’s glory. Turn to the Scriptures and let Him help you to comprehend.

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©2012 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.

~ by sanewriter on June 30, 2012.

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