Pastor Steve’s Latest Devotional
January 20, 2014
“The magicians tried by their secret arts to produce gnats, but they could not. So there were gnats on man and beast. Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” Genesis 8:18-19
Think about the hilarity of this situation. In order to prove that Moses and Aaron were not really sent by God, the magicians of Egypt attempted to produce even more Gnats. In their wisdom, they were willing to make the situation worse. When they could not produce the desired effect, they looked at Pharaoh and told him that bringing forth Gnats is the “finger” or power of God. This was the work of God.
This reminds me of other funny stories in scripture where man’s wisdom was so small in the presence of God. One was when the Pharisee’s said they wanted to kill Lazarus, whom Jesus rose from the dead. Maybe you don’t see it, but what if they would have killed him again? Then Jesus raised him again, and again, and again. Funny stuff!
Another funny story is when the “smart guys” the Pharisees came to Jesus with a question that was unanswerable. The question was, “Should we pay taxes to Caesar or not?” If the answer was “Yes”, He would make an enemy of the people, for, who likes paying taxes to an occupying force? If the answer was “No” then He would make Himself an enemy of the Roman government. They had him! Almost as if Jesus was talking to two year olds, he asked for a coin and asked whose inscription was on the coin. They said it was Caesar’s. The Jesus said, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Matthew 22:21) This is so funny to me! I guess I see the humor even more in the next verse: “When they had heard these words, they marveled, and left Him and went their way.” (Matthew 22:22)
Sometimes we think we are so smart. We think we have all the answers. But our answers either make things worse, end up understating God’s power, or insulting His intelligence and making ourselves look really stupid. There is an old non-Biblical-proverb that says, “You have the choice; you can either close your mouth and make people think you are stupid, or open your mouth and prove it.” We prove the scripture when we speak sometimes that says, “Professing to be wise, they became fools…” (Romans 1:22)
Be wise. Listen to what God has spoken. Don’t lean on your own understanding, but follow His wisdom. (Proverbs 3:5-6) May the Lord richly bless you today!
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