Luke 13:1-17; Genesis 23; Psalm 16
It’s easy to fall into the trap of imagining God as a divine agent of retribution. I got a great blessing – obviously I deserved it. Those people who caused me trouble had a catastrophe – I knew that God would get them. I’m the kind of guy who has to fight this idea that I’m a better person than those others. I wonder how they would characterize the situation? Jesus dealt with that issue as He was teaching. “Some who were present on that occasion told Jesus about the Galileans whom Pilate had killed while they were offering sacrifices. He replied, ‘Do you think the suffering of these Galileans proves that they were more sinful than all the other Galileans?’” (Luke 13:1-2) Pilate was a sinful little man in a big position and often did evil to show that he was in charge. The truth is that sometimes bad things happen to people who love the Lord. In fact, Jesus promised that we would be persecuted. Sometimes great blessings are given to people who are evil. Jesus said that would happen, too. We can’t predict the evil that will happen as a result of the sinfulness of man. We also can’t predict the blessings of God. Our responsibility is to keep our heart and mind focused on God and follow Him.
Lord God, I wish You would get rid of sin and evil. Then again, I realize my own sinfulness. I am grateful for Your blessings that come because of Your greatness; not because of how good I am. Keep me focused on You and let my life reflect Your love to others.