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What Were They Thinking?

In the Word

… but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).

Of the Word

While I watched my daughter move food from her plate to the highchair tray and back again, I thought to myself, “What in the world is she thinking?” Sometimes I wonder what possesses my daughter to do what she does.

We might also ask ”What were they thinking?” about some Bible characters. What were Adam and Eve thinking when they dressed in leaves and tried to hide from God? What possessed Jonah to board a ship to Tarshish rather than going to Nineveh? Did Pilate really believe he proved his innocence by simply washing his hands? Martha was in a cooking and cleaning frenzy while God was literally sitting in her home. What was she thinking?

But have we done the same kinds of things? Yes, but God doesn’t throw up His hands, shake His head, and walk away. While we were still sinners, Jesus died for us. Now we are reconciled to God through Jesus Christ, and we can rejoice in the love and forgiveness He offers.

Walking with my Lord

Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me enough to send Your Son Jesus to live, to die, and to rise for me. In His name. Amen.

Mustard Seed: Love, Laughter, and Lullabies. DCE Amanda Stacy, author. 17/30 ©2013 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

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