Exodus 14-15 Matthew 17
“Then his followers asked him, ‘Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?’” (Matthew 17:10 NCV)
As Jesus, Peter, James, and John came down the mountain after the Transfiguration, the truth of who Jesus is was becoming more apparent to the three disciples. That truth, as exciting as it was, was troubling. Everything they had heard about the Messiah coming included the understanding that Elijah would come as a forerunner. Their question could be restated in this way “We believe that you may be the Messiah, but why haven’t we seen Elijah like everyone says he’ll come?” Jesus’ response could be restated like this: “It took you this long to realize that I was the Messiah and you completely missed that John was the promised Elijah. Think back on his ministry. You’ll get it.”
How often do I seek God’s will only to have it hit me in the face and, rather than acknowledge God’s revelation, complain about the situation? An example might be someone praying about whether they should search for a new job, getting fired from the old one. If you’re like me, you complain about getting fired. If you’re truly seeking God’s will, maybe you’d understand that this was part of His answer to that prayer. I made my decision to retire when I realized that I got sick at the beginning of every school year. God reveals Himself in different ways. The key to recognizing that is to be sensitive to His presence in every area of our lives.
Lord, show me Your plan. Show me Your will as I experience Your presence throughout the day. Help me to know when You are leading me.
Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.