TOPIC: A Critical Spirit And Unbelief
Opening Prayer: May my heart, O Lord, be receptive to your word as I meditate on it.
Scripture: Matthew 11: 16-24
Question(s) for Reflection
• Is there any warning for me to heed? • Is there any other Biblical passage that can help me understand this passage better?
Scripture Union Daily Guide 9th February 2021
Whereas critical thinking, just like meditation, is a vital process in understanding scripture in order to take a good decision, critical spirit opposes anything positive. Which of these is on display by the Jews in vs.16-19? To what did it lead them. Do you find it difficult to accept spiritual truth without first being overcritical and finding trivial fault in the message or the preacher? Read 2 Kings 7:1,2, 17-20 and see the sad end of the army officer who was so critical of God’s message through prophet Elisha. Bethsaida, Capernaum and Chorazin were cities where Jesus spent His life and time preaching and teaching. Also, He invested His spiritual resources and authority there performing various miracles, yet they did not repent. Notice the consequence of their refusal to repent (vs.21, 24). Like these cities, God has made and is still making investments into our lives. The only useful return on these investments is our repentance and surrender to Him. Otherwise, we risk reaping the same consequence (see Luke 13:6-9).
• Thought: “A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed without remedy” (Proverbs 29:1).
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• Pray for grace to walk peacefully with the Lord daily, no matter the circumstances. • Pray for the Church to spend money in a way that will best honour God.
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