The Question about Paying Taxes
Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, ‘Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality.
Devotion by Rev. Krista
Has anyone tried to entrap you in something? They smile in your face and then immediately begin to plan your take-down as soon as your back is turned. Before you know it, the fix is in and you are trapped in a situation where you will not win.
That happens so often in our society that this form of hypocrisy has been normalized, double-standards are now expected, and the ruthless way of interacting with each other is acceptable. People are afraid, their backs are against the wall and they have nowhere to go to seek asylum. Or at least that's how it seems.
Today's scripture reminds us that we can always go to God in times of entrapment.
Through a sincere and understanding of Jesus, we can cry out about the injustices we are facing. We can pray for the strength to escape that feeling of being stuck. No matter where we are in life, we can escape to the One who sees all and knows all. Our faith reminds us that God will help us through the plans others have to take us down.
To our all-knowing God, I cry out to you in these times of hypocrisy and the ruthless attempts to undermine what you intend for your people. In times of my fear and apprehension to seeing the good that I know you have created, God please increase my faith. Open my wounded heart to love and forgive again, so that I may no longer feel this heaviness. I pray for those who don't know you and your loving ways, and for their plans of entrapment not to succeed. Thank you in the mighty name of Jesus, I pray this prayer to you. Amen.