Monday, January 10, 2005

Do You Ever Scoff?

Do you ever scoff? I asked myself that question the other day when I read

“’Look, you scoffers,
wonder and perish,
for I am going to do something in your days
that you would never believe,
even if someone told you.’”
(Acts 13:41;NIV)

I scoff at weather reports. My family loves cold temperatures and snowy days. We used to get excited when the local weather forecasters would tell us snow was likely. Not anymore. I find myself saying, “They don’t know what they’re talking about. They won’t know what it is going to do on Friday until Friday.” I make fun of their confidence, and I laugh cynically when they get their forecasts wrong. It’s a weakness, I know.

Paul said to be sure that we are not the fulfillment of the prophecies that warned against scoffing. Something great has happened – something you wouldn’t believe. Jesus, a descendant of David is the Son of God. He resurrected from the dead because God would not let his body see decay. He is the fulfillment of the blessing that God promised would come to the world through Abraham’s descendants. Paul said Jesus brought forgiveness of sins and the way to be justified before God.

Did you scoff? Did you say, “Jesus wasn’t God’s Son”? Did you wrinkle your nose thinking that it is ridiculous to believe that Jesus resurrected? Do you think that God’s promises are nothing to bank on? Do you doubt that you can be forgiven – or that you need to be?

Don’t scoff. Though it’s too good to believe, it is all true. That’s Life at Work!

1 comment:

JD said...

I am a scoffer in many ways. I scoff at reports of people's religious "experiences". I scoff at most bad news, as if in time it will not be so. I scoff at people I perceive as ultra conservative in their religion. I scoff at most people who disagree with me. How's that for a startling confession? Of course everyone who knows me knows these things, so they are not a secret. And they are things I try not to scoff at. Outside I'm smiling and saying "how nice" but sometimes inside I'm scoffing. Is it a sin to only scoff inside?