Luke 4:28-30 When they heard this, the people in the Synagogue were furious. Jumping up, they mobbed him and forced him to the edge of the hill on which the town was built. They intended to push him over the cliff, but he passed right through the crowd and went on his way.
When we hear what we want to hear, we feel good. We are happy. When Jesus fits into the box we’ve made for Him, everything is fine and dandy. But when Jesus decides to step out of the box, things get interesting very soon. We get nervous when Jesus says things like “Love your enemies” or “you will be judged in the same measure you judge others.” We don’t particularly like it when Jesus shows mercy to those we know are guilty of a multitude of sins even when our own sins are forgiven.
Would we go so far as to try and push Him over a cliff? Do we ever get angry or frustrated because He doesn’t heal us as He’s healed others? Or when He doesn’t prevent an accident that changes lives forever? –Especially when we know He can do these things but chooses not to. While on earth, Jesus chose not to do things, too. He didn’t rescue John the Baptist. He didn’t perform miracles just because the crowd wanted Him to. He didn’t save Himself. We should be grateful for the things Jesus chose not to do–then and now, for we do not know the reasons .
Only You know what You’ve saved us from by not responding in the ways we have asked You. Thank You for saving me from myself. We don’t always understand the reasons behind Your “No” but we know that You are good and are looking out for what’s best for us in the light of eternity. Amen.