PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Luke 9:37-45
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“You unbelieving and perverse generation… (Luke 9:41)
What I want to know from this passage is WHO Jesus is speaking about here.
He is speaking about a generation of people who do not trust God (unbelieving).
A perverse generation, which literally means ‘turned through’ (i.e. twisted or mixed up).
(Jesus likely did not mean ‘perverse’ in the way we mean it, as in someone being perverted).
Is it the father that is frustrating Jesus here, or the disciples for not being able to heal?
Or is it in general the many, many people who have given in to deceiving spirits?
“How long shall I stay with you and put up with you?” (Luke 9:41)
Is Jesus actually frustrated to the point of wanting to give up, to not put up with people?
How do we fit these words into a sense of God’s love, and how his words might be loving?
I believe Jesus is saying this to everyone in this story, and to all of us, including me.
Jesus does heal the boy, and stay with his disciples, and us… all the way to death.
These words reveal the cost for God in relating to us in our mixed up ways.
The word for patience in Greek is literally ‘long suffering’, and that is what it is for God.
But it also shows how much God loves us, despite our mixed up ways – and that gives me hope!
Lord, I am sure there are times when you say this to me too. Thank you that you do stay with me, and that you have put up with me despite my weak faith and mixed up ways.