Wednesday, May 17, 2017

So Much Fun

Have you ever read this account of a day in the life of Peter and Jesus? Take a look:

On their arrival in Capernaum, the collectors of the Temple tax came to Peter and asked him, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the Temple tax?” “Yes, he does,” Peter replied. Then he went into the house. 

But before he had a chance to speak, Jesus asked him, “What do you think, Peter? Do kings tax their own people or the people they have conquered?”

“They tax the people they have conquered,” Peter replied.

“Well, then,” Jesus said, “the citizens are free! However, we don’t want to offend them, so go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a large silver coin. Take it and pay the tax for both of us.” Matthew 17:24-27
Does this not prove how FUN Jesus is? How light-hearted? How understanding? There had been a lot of heavy stuff for Peter lately. Jesus knew this, and He knew what was coming in the coming days. He had some options here. He could’ve not said anything at all about the conversation. He could’ve taken a serious turn. But I think Jesus knew Peter could use some fishing. 
To get what they needed, Jesus gave Peter a fun, even frivolous task. I love that! He could’ve just given Peter the coin outright—He is Jesus, after all. But Jesus knew Peter. He knew Peter loved to fish. So Jesus sent him fishing! Fishing for money. How about that. And what a way to provide the coin—just open the mouth of the first one you catch and there it will be! Poof! SUCH A FUN JESUS!
What a God to give such a creative solution to a problem. I’m asking God to help me remember this is Who He is—the Creative One. Whatever my problem may be, He has a solution. Want to join me in that prayer?