Do you remember the Bible story of Jesus overturning the tables of the money changers? It used to puzzle me yet amaze me at the same time. Why would Jesus do it? And what would turning tables mean in my life?
Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. (Matthew 21:12, NIV)
I think Jesus was angry that people were abusing the temple. And that’s why he did it. I used to think this was all there was to it. But the more I read the Bible as part of an ongoing conversation with God, the more varied answers I get.
I believe Jesus turned the tables because he wanted to reserve the right to turn the tables in our lives when necessary. Read that again. It may change your thinking. And it may challenge your faith in a new way.
Are you abusing faith or yourself in any way? Does Jesus need to turn over the tables in your life? Pray about this and act accordingly. Turning tables is the beginning of the healing process.
Know that the Holy Spirit does not leave you dealing with the abuse on your own. Jesus wants you to accept the healing grace so he can help you. So no need for excuses when the Holy Spirit is ready to help. Bravely ask yourself: What does need overturning in your life?
Sometimes the tables in our life really need to be turned over. When we abuse ourselves or try to manipulate God or keep collecting unholy habits, we need Jesus to interfere. We need the Holy Spirit to take over. Thankfully, he is ready at a moment’s notice. When we live with God, we are truly blessed all the time.
Thank you for reserving the rights to turn over the table of our lives.
We need you every second of our lives.
Thank you for leading us and helping us to live according to your will.
Empower us for holy living.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Does something in your life need overturning in your life?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you let Jesus do whatever needs to be done in your life!