To me, some of the most intriguing passages in the gospels are when Jesus marvels at somebody. Here He is, the One who searches the hearts, God made flesh, astounded by some facet of human behavior. People can make the Almighty shake His head in amazement. We are indeed marvelously perverse creatures!
In particular, this perversity manifests itself in our ability to simultaneously desire some blessing from God yet refuse to do what God asks in order to receive the blessing. This doesn’t make a lick of sense, yet it’s been evident for thousands of years. Continue reading