Janice Boekhoff

“He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” In the same way the robbers who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

Matthew 27:42-44

Sometimes I’m amazed at how Jesus was mocked while He was dying on the cross, even by the robbers who were being crucified next to Him. Those who insulted Him were challenging Him to show them He was God.

How arrogant to think they could demand anything from the God of the Universe? Of course, they didn’t know that He was already showing them He was God, through what He would do for them.

Do we ask God to perform for us and show us His power on demand? Like some sort of cosmic genie?

When something bad happens, do we question why God didn’t step in and fix everything the way we thought He should?

Why are we so arrogant as to think we have everything figured out about God? If we could do His job, then He wouldn’t really be an all-powerful, all-knowing God, would He?

The cure for arrogance is humility. God wants us to ask according to His will, but also to be humble enough to accept that His plan is the best plan, even when we don’t understand it.

Dear Lord, increase my faith in You and Your plans. Break down my pride and help me to humbly submit to Your will. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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