I couldn’t help but smile at his response
Reference: “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49 NIV)
Explore: I was sitting in the back of the car with my five year old boy. He had been playing on the iPad but was distracted by something outside the car.
As I was being conscious of the iPad’s battery power, I suggested to Mr.5 that he turn off the iPad while he wasn’t using it. Even though he cannot read numbers he assured me there was plenty of power.
“Don’t come running to me when it runs out of battery then,” I said.
“I won’t,” replied Mr.5, “because I’m sitting right next to you.”
While I was not impressed at him talking back to me, I couldn’t help but smile at his response. He had taken my words so literally, focussing on the running part and not the real issue of him wasting the batteries.
Application: Jesus’ response to his parents, when he stayed behind in Jerusalem, was a similar response to my Mr.5. It took his parents three days to find him and his response to them? Why were you searching, it was obvious I was going to be in the temple.
What was obvious to Jesus wasn’t so obvious to his parents. I think it’s the same today.
Often we ask Jesus a question and look everywhere for the answer. And yet, God doesn’t intentionally hide from us. Sometimes we just don’t go where He is.
Let’s not complicate things. God is there to be found, we just need to search in the right place for Him.
Prayer: Lord, sometimes I find it hard to know where You are when times get tough. May I stay true to the course of searching for You. Amen.
Where have you found Jesus?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.