When I first read over this passage of scripture I thought, “There is no devotional material here.” I complained to my spouse and he gave me some suggestions, all of which I rejected. My attitude was not open to ideas. Then I read three different Bible commentaries and my attitude still did not improve. No one was saying what I wanted to hear. I empathized with the anger and indignation of the disciples; I wanted the story to be different.
After much prayer, meditation and rereading of this scripture I realized that my bad attitude was the same as the very human disciples and that I needed to listen to Jesus’ correction just like the disciples did. I needed to look beyond the immediate event.
For me this was a reminder of how easy it is to get wrapped up in how I think things should be and not really pay attention to what God is saying.
Loving God, help me to listen to your word with an open heart, ready to truly listen to what you are saying. Amen. — KIGN