His Father’s Business

Posted: October 17, 2011 in Devotional

Luke 2:49, “And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” “

It’s easy to imagine Joseph’s & Mary’s distress. The Boy over whom they had been charged to protect stood missing in the great & populous city of Jerusalem. They had guarded Him from Herod’s schemes, fled to Egypt, and returned to Judea to hopefully live out a quiet life while they waited for God to act. They went to Jerusalem in an act of worship & devotion to celebrate the Passover, and in an instant, they realized the Boy was gone. The panic! The feelings of utter failure! The distress of knowing that the Son of God had gone missing & the fear that they might never see Him again!

Yet upon finding Jesus, He is completely calm & states that everything is normal & going as ought to have been expected. Jesus was obviously not working according to Joseph’s & Mary’s plan, but He certainly was working according to His Father’s business.

How often it is the same with us. We’re proceeding in our normal day-to-day life, proceeding in our regular routines at home & among the church, and everything seems to be at rest. All of a sudden, things dramatically change & like Mary, we blame Jesus for the act. “Why have You done this to us?” Yet the response from the Lord Jesus is the same. He is simply going about His Father’s business. We have our own personal plans for Jesus, but Jesus does not act according to our plans; He acts according to God’s. God’s plans may seem at times to be inconvenient to us, but they are always perfect. Thus when Jesus acts according to those plans, our response ought not to be distress, but praise. Praise God that our will & our plans are not always accomplished, but yet God’s will is always done! Praise God that our Lord Jesus works according to His Father’s plans!

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