Have you ever listened to somebody’s plan and disagreed with it? Maybe you thought you had a better idea? Sadly, we can criticize others and their way of handling things…but we really are not ever in a good position to do that. Why? We rarely know the full situation of that person. We only see or hear part so we may not have a full view to be able to give insight.
Even more-so, when God’s Plan’s are revealed to us we are never in position to modify, customize or criticize. In this week’s Bible text, Jesus continues to show His followers what God’s Plan is for bringing salvation to humanity:
They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he did not want anyone to know, for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.” But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him. Mark 9:30-32
They didn’t understand what He said nor did they understand why He said it. Why would God allow Himself to die? Why would he be delivered/betrayed and who could do such a thing? They didn’t understand nor like His plan. However, they didn’t question it. They just seem to have tuned it out. I bet you have done this before. I don’t like your idea so i’m not logging it in the memory bank. I don’t like what you said so I’m pretending you didn’t say it and I didn’t hear it.
God, in His mercy, gave these men the plan of the betrayal, crucifixion and resurrection well before it would happen. What an act of love? He knew that they would need this info. He didn’t want them to only go on ‘blind faith’ but instead have God’s Word to put their faith towards…yet they didn’t understand.
How often do we tune God out because we don’t like His Plan? How often do our times in God’s Word deliver poor results because we don’t like what we read? This week as you read and study, make a commitment to listen without a bias of your own feelings towards the plans of the God who loves you so much He gave His only Son so that if you would believe in Him you would have everlasting life!