Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.
Mary and Joseph traveled one day toward home after the Feast of the Passover in Jerusalem. Then they discovered Jesus wasn’t with the caravan.
After searching among the relatives and acquaintances, they couldn’t turn around fast enough.
Mary and Joseph felt the fear of losing their child. Would they find him unhurt? Or had something terrible happened to Him?
So they turned back toward Jerusalem. After three more days of searching, they found Him at the feet of teachers. Four days after He disappeared, they discovered Him in the temple.
Jesus, the twelve-year-old boy, loved His parents and didn’t intend to cause them trouble. But He sat enthralled in a synagogue listening to spiritual teachers, so engrossed He forgot all else—for four days—even that His family returned home without Him.
Many Christians launch a ministry with no preparation, believing God will do the work. Sometimes He does, as when He called Moses. Moses had on-the-job training. But more often God requires hard work over years. Patience can grow thin. When can I start my ministry?
So you begin the ministry you believe came from God. You KNOW God will give you the answers, money, and everything you need as you go. And you fail. Did you misunderstand God’s call?
Maybe the next step means to regroup and start again. No one will ever find my first book anywhere. I made every mistake. Now it’s an embarrassing memory.
Jesus didn’t begin His ministry until thirty-three, and it lasted for three years. His twelve-year-old adventure in the synagogue only shows His zeal in preparing for that ministry. Jesus instinctively had knowledge far beyond ours. He knew He was the Christ, and He spent hours in prayer discerning the Father’s will. But He still respected spiritual training.
As always, Jesus set the standard. The Lord won’t do all the work, though He will walk you through every step.
Dear Lord, Please give me patience to wait on You and learn.