Monday, March 24, 2008

dumb looks from angels

I sometimes wonder how often I get dumb looks from angels. I screw up fairly often. I know that angels are accustomed to my stupidity by now, but my lack of faith and understanding about God’s will is often embarrassing.

I could tell stories for days about how God has supernaturally provided for me. I remember numerous times when God has changed people’s hearts and brought extraordinary resolutions to challenges that I have faced. I have already seen enough of God’s power to last me a lifetime. So, why do I still get dumb looks from angels?

This Easter has brought several biblical stories to mind for me. The events surrounding the empty tomb reveal the women at the tomb getting dumb looks from angels as the women searched for the body of Jesus.

“Why are you looking in a tomb for someone who is alive? 6He isn’t here! He has risen from the dead! Don’t you remember what he told you back in Galilee Luke 24:5-6 (NLT)

The angels ask two penetrating questions that drive home one central point – If you really know Jesus, why would you think he was dead? I mean come on, weren’t you paying attention? How many times do we have to repeat these things? The women were so stupid – a lot like me.

Then, I fast forwarded one chapter to Acts 1.

“Men of Galilee, why are you standing here staring at the sky? Acts 1:11 (NLT)

Everyone who witnessed the ascension of Jesus must have been swept up in complete amazement. They were standing around waiting for the next move. They took notes this time. Jesus said he was coming back so they were waiting. They just missed one part – Acts 1:8.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NAS)

Well, Easter is over. So, what now?

I’m sure I’m getting a dumb look from the angels right now. What are you doing staring into space? Get to work! Go into all the world with the gospel of Jesus.

Does anyone else get the feeling that someone is looking at them?