Friday, May 31, 2019

Luke 8:35 -- On Fear and Faith

"Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid."
Luke 8:35

This one intrigues me because it says "they were afraid," after Christ cast devils out of a man, and I wonder why that is.  They might have been afraid of Christ's power, or felt threatened when Christ did something they thought was impossible.  Perhaps they felt bad about how they had treated the man that Christ healed when they thought that his condition was untreatable.

Whatever the reason, for us I think the point is that there are so many other options rather than being afraid.  When we see something miraculous and that we hadn't considered, we don't have to run away from it because it is strange, but since we trust in God, we can move forward instead.  We can ask questions; we can be amazed and seek to learn more.

Today, let's not run from God or banish him from our lives when we see miraculous things happen.  Instead, let's embrace the miraculous and seek to learn.  Let's have the faith to be bold enough to ask God what we want to know, and then listen and work for the answer.

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