Bible Reading: Mark 11:20-33
There are times in all of our lives when things get so difficult that the answer to a problem eludes us.
- Sometimes we don’t have all of the pieces of the puzzle.
- Sometimes we are so caught up in the action that we can’t seem to slow down long enough to do anything.
- Sometimes we have bad information.
It is at those times…that we need to remember that none of those things has even the slightest affect on God. He knows everything. There is nothing that confuses Him. He is aware of exactly what needs to be done. It is at those times…that we should pray to Him…listen to His counsel…and do what He says.
Thoughts about God for My Grandkids:
A Riddle is a puzzling question that is asked as a problem to be solved. Can you solve the following riddles? (the Answers are at the bottom…don’t peak!)
- I am weightless, but you can see me. Put me in a bucket, and I’ll make it lighter. What am I?
- What is so fragile that when you say its name you break it?
- I have a tail, and I have a head, but I have no body. I am NOT a snake. What am I?
- What falls, but does not break, and what breaks but does not fall?
- You throw away the outside and cook the inside. Then you eat the outside and throw away the inside. What did you eat?
- A man is on a trip with a fox, a goose, and a sack of corn. He comes upon a stream that he has to cross, and finds a tiny boat which he can use to do so. The problem though, is that he can only take himself and either the fox, the goose, or the corn across at a time. It is not possible for him to leave the fox alone with the goose (because the fox would eat the goose), or the goose alone with the corn (because the goose would eat the corn). How can he get all safely over the stream?
- I asked a woman how old she was. She smiled and said, “The day before yesterday I was 22, but next year I’ll be 25.” What is the date of her birthday and what was the date that we talked?
Sometimes, when people ask questions, even though they may be difficult to answer…they are fun. But sometimes people ask difficult questions that are like riddles…that are not fun. Why? Because they are trying to confuse us, to cause us to make a mistake.
A group of men, sent by the Jewish leaders, came to Jesus. They asked Him a riddle. The problem was…no matter how He answered it…they would use His answer to accuse Him of breaking the law. They were trying to cause Him to make a mistake. They asked Him, “Where do You get the authority to do what You do?” Now, that doesn’t sound too threatening on the surface. But it is. If He said that it was on His own authority…then they would say that they had God’s authority and would tell Him to stop. However, if He said that God gave Him the authority…then they would again say that they had God’s authority and tell Him to stop. While there really was a right answer…God gave Him the authority…no matter what He said they were going to challenge Him and make Him look like He was breaking the law. They weren’t really concerned about His authority. They were really only concerned with trying to trick Him into breaking the law so that they could stop Him.
But, Jesus knew this. He was way too smart to be caught by their tricks. So, He turned the table on them. He asked them a question and His question did to them…what they had tried to do to Him. He asked them, “Was John the Baptist’s authority to baptize from God, or just from men?” They did not believe that John’s authority was from God…they thought that it was just from men (in other words, that he had made it up, himself). However, if they said it was from God…then the people would ask them why they didn’t believe what John had said. But, they also knew that if they said that it was only from men…then the people would be angry with them because they believed John’s authority was from God. So, instead of answering Jesus…they just said, “Uh, we don’t know. We don’t want to answer.” Jesus smiled and replied, “If you don’t have to answer My question, then I don’t have to answer your question, either.”
Jesus was soooo smart. He knew everything. There was nothing…no thing…that could confuse Him. That can be very reassuring when we are going through a difficult time, or when we have to make a hard decision. You and I may be confused. You and I may not know what to do. But Jesus does. He always does. So, when you come to one of those times…talk to Him. Tell Him all about it. He knows the answer and He will tell you. Pray. Read your Bible. Then listen. As you do…He will speak to your heart and give you the answer to your riddle.
- A hole.
- A coin.
- Night falls and day breaks.
- An ear of corn.
- Take the goose over first and then come back alone. Then take the fox over and bring the goose back. Now take the corn over and come back alone to get the goose. Take the goose over and the job is done.
- We talked on January 1 and her birthday is on December 31.
Love you more than bunches and bunches,