What Demands Do You Make of God?

                             
      “When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money.  So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.  To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!”  His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.” Then the Jews demanded of him, “What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?” John 2:13-18
      We often read this section and marvel at the lack of faithfulness and stubbornness of the Jews.  However, this process of selling animals to be sacrificed and of exchanging various currencies of money had been in tact for many decades and was accepted as a religious norm.  As a result of this seemingly unholy reaction by Jesus, they questioned Jesus and demanded an answer as to why he would do such a thing.   How do you question God and His actions and guidance in your life?
      No…we say, we do not question God.  However, we may demand that God do something, that God provide something or that God cause something to happen.  We feel good about it, we are used to a certain thing and, therefore, certainly God will answer our prayer or providentially encourage something to happen. 
      What did the Jews need to do to realize that Jesus was the Messiah?  They needed to read the prophets and logically think through the fulfillment in Jesus.  As well they needed to calm their pride and submit to God’s Ways.  We too today need to continue to put God’s Word on our hearts in order to accept God’s Ways.  In this way, instead of demanding our wants and ways, we can follow God’s way for us.   May we today keep God’s Word on our hearts so His ways can direct our lives. 
~~ Andy Burns
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