Do you have questions? Do you have lots of questions? Is your tendency to question everything and everyone? Or do you only question what you disagree with or do not like? Do you question it, even when you know in your heart it is true?
We all have questions. In fact, we may question many things in our workplace, our homes, our neighborhoods, and even our churches. We may be correct in questioning those things we question. Then again, we may not.
Asking questions to learn is a wonderful thing. We need to ask questions, especially if we are attempting to learn a new trade, learn history, or better understand what is going on around us. But we get in trouble when our questions are meant to stump, belittle, or otherwise cause the other person to look foolish.
In today’s passage, the priests knew Jesus was speaking with authority. They knew He spoke with an authority far above theirs—and they didn’t like it. They wanted to hear Him boast about where His authority came from in order to make Him look foolish in front of a crowd. It was done so they could point their finger at Him and call Him a blasphemer. They wanted to put doubt in the minds of the people.
We are called to put our faith in Jesus. There will be times when others will ask questions, just like these priests, to cause us to doubt. We must stand strong in our faith, not allowing them to put doubt in our minds. We must be prepared for questions designed to make us look foolish in an effort to shame us into crumbling in front of others.
Standing firm in our faith can be difficult at times. Peer pressure, being uncomfortable, and in the spotlight can be challenging. Yet, if we lean on Jesus, lean on the Holy Spirit, we can persevere through it. Continue to put your faith and trust in Him.
I pray we all hold on to our faith. I pray we prepare ourselves for being questioned by others. I pray we don’t allow others to put doubt in our minds about who Jesus is. Hold on to your faith. Hold on to Jesus. Put doubt out of your mind. Don’t allow others to cause doubt.
Luke 20:1-2 One day as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple courts and proclaiming the good news, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, together with the elders, came up to him. “Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,” they said. “Who gave you this authority?”