Prayer for the day
Let my cry come before you, O LORD; give me understanding, according to your word. Let my supplication come before you; deliver me, according to your promise.
Scripture for the day
The healing verses in Matthew and God’s choice of Isaac make one thing very clear: the blessing of God is no respecter of persons. In the story of Isaac, our hero doesn’t really come off as much of a hero. In fact, he seems like a self-serving coward, and his blessed son, Jacob, doesn’t appear much better. He’s a schemer, a liar, and a thief.
In Matthew, Jesus heals. He heals a leper. He heals the daughter of a Roman Centurion. And he heals Peter’s mother-in-law. Can you imagine three less-liked people in all the world? A leper, a Roman, and a mother-in-law?!? Yet Jesus heals each of them. Some express faith, some do not. But in each account, the power of God is manifest.
Who is this God who chooses to bless the strange, the outcast, the schemer, the liar, and the bizarre?
In these passages we see the fierce and untamed mercy of God, the mercy that reaches beyond the barriers we erect, beyond our societal status, beyond our goodness or evilness, beyond our worthiness or unworthiness, and favours us. In these passages, we see God doing what God does best: pouring out blessing upon blessing. We cannot predict the blessing or the favour, we cannot assign it or endear ourselves to God for it. The sole response we have in the face of God’s choice to bless and favour those he blesses and favours is gratitude for the good gift of a good God.
God has blessed you. I know it. I know you don’t deserve it. You know it too. I don’t deserve it either.
Thanks be to God!