(Judges 1-2, Luke 7:1-30)
And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” (Luke 7:23)
Disappointments, siftings, long bouts in the wilderness, losses, pain, and delay… there are reasons our hearts can become offended. I know this isn’t something we talk about most Sunday mornings, but the truth is that God doesn’t always do things the way we think he should do things. And if we aren’t careful, we can allow just the tiniest speck of offense, which becomes a painful root of bitterness, which festers until it defiles not only our hearts, but all those who come near us.
Jesus knows we don’t see clearly. The scriptures actually say that we see dimly. We don’t always get our questions answered. We don’t always understand. It’s in these moments that we are tempted to be offended at the leadership of Jesus. Jesus knows we can’t see clearly, but He calls us to trust Him anyway. There is a blessing for those who keep their hearts unoffended, namely fellowship!
Offense prohibits us from receiving love. Offense causes us to forget the things we once knew and even proclaimed from the rooftops. Offense causes spiritual blindness. We may have questions until the day we see Christ face to face… In the meantime, let’s keep our hearts free from offense. Let’s remember what we knew and keep proclaiming. Jesus is Good. Jesus is Faithful. Let’s remember what we know!