Posted by Rev. Jon Dunbar

Dear Christian friends, the readings for Sunday will be Matthew 21:23-27; Philippians 2:1-4,14-18; Ezekiel 18:1-4,25-32; Psalm 25:1-10.

The invented gods of pagan religion (Rome, Greece, Egypt, etc.) could be notoriously fickle and temperamental. They often got into fights with one another, and if they were having a bad day they might just take it out on you. Like spoiled royal children they did however they liked and had to be constantly appeased by the mortals at their mercy.

But the true God is nothing like that. His laws are good, His ways are fair, and His character is dependable. He cares about us and wants the best for us. There are times when we may question something that God allowed to happen: “This doesn’t seem fair. Is God just messing with me?” The Old Testament reading reminds us that God never acts without just cause, and He certainly doesn’t enjoy punishing people. His desire is that we repent of our sins and turn to Him for help (Ezek. 18). The religious leaders are trying to play a game of power and politics with Jesus when they question his authority. But Jesus calls their bluff. He won’t play their games. He is committed to God’s plan for our salvation (Mt.21).

You may not always understand God’s ways, but you can always trust Him.