August 28, 2019 Daily Devotion

Scripture for today’s devotion: Luke 6:7

“The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath.”

There is so much wrong happening in this Bible verse! Obviously, the Pharisees and other teachers were waiting for the perfect Son of God to make a mistake. I think they were even hoping that He would. And the “mistake” was healing someone. Those teachers sound so foolish.

As always though, as I ponder their ignorance, I pause to try to examine my own actions and thoughts. I truly think that in my walk with Jesus, I am beyond the point of ever looking for fault in Him. It is obvious that the Pharisees should have seen the good in our Savior. But to take it a step further, it sounds altruistic to say that I look for the good in everyone. But that is harder to do than it would seem. (And clearly, there is evil in this world and there are times when good might be impossible to find.)

Still, I think that there are times when I fail to see the good that is right in front of me. Maybe I am too busy. Maybe the person doing the good has a different political or religious view than me and I lend them insufficient credibility. Truthfully and sadly, maybe he or she is even someone that I am a little jealous of. I remember a time when a famous female singer wanted to participate in a benefit fund raiser for Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. The Catholic Bishop over St. Louis wouldn’t allow it because of some of the political and moral beliefs of the singer. He didn’t see the good in her.

Just last week I was giving a talk at work about “liking people” and whether we could control our likes and dislikes for others. Again, I am not talking about a criminal (that’s another subject for another day), but just the average co-worker or person who sits on the other side of the pew who, for whatever reason, seems a little different or disagreeable. I put forth the idea that disliking someone is kind of like judging them and that we need to make a conscious choice to like people, to look for the gifts they bring to the world. I’m pretty sure God likes them after all.

So in today’s scripture, I am reminded to look for the good in folks and to correct myself when I do otherwise. And not just to look for good, but to expect good. Because one thing is for sure, we almost always get from someone exactly what we expect we’ll get.

Dear Heavenly Father, help me to look closer and closer still at Jesus, knowing that I’ll be blessed by his goodness and healed by his presence if I do.

Juli Hampton

Prayer Concern: Those of us who are quick to see the foolishness of the Pharisees and slow to analyze our own motives. As I consider this, I just want to praise you, Father, for your Great Grace that always finds me!

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