The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines ‘fickle’ as “changing opinions often; marked by lack of steadfastness, constancy, or stability.” During Jesus’ last week, we see many fickle people. People who on Sunday praised his triumphal entry into Jerusalem then days later cried out ‘crucify him’.
As I read in Luke 18 & 19 this morn, I found another scene marked by fickle people. As Jesus approached Jericho, the blind beggar Bartimaeus cried out to Jesus and asked for healing. Jesus being the compassionate God-man healed him and Bartimaeus praised God.
“When all the people saw it, they also praised God.” Luke 18:43
Shortly after, Jesus continued on, entered Jericho and began to pass through it. Zacchaeus being short of stature climbed a sycamore tree to better see this Jesus he had heard about. Many of us know the song and how the story plays out. Jesus called him down so he might go to Zacchaeus’ home. The people in the area didn’t react very positively. Instead-
“All the people saw this and began to mutter, ‘He has gone to be the guest of a sinner’.” Luke 19:7
Same Jesus. Same people. Same city. Totally different reaction. They loved it when Jesus healed the poor, blind beggar. They hated it when Jesus showed compassion toward the tax collector. Both men needed the touch of Jesus just in different ways. Both welcomed him and praised him. However, the people were fickle. They wanted Jesus to do great things but only to the people to whom they wanted his touch to reach.
This morn, I wonder about my fickleness. Do I want God to work here in my life and not there? Do I want him to bless this person but not that one? Do I praise him one moment and rant the next? Jesus didn’t change from Luke 18 to 19. He looked for needs and met them. The people though changed with the shifting sands. What about me? Do I want God helping me in some parts of my life but staying out of others? Lord, open my eyes to see myself and how I need to change. Then help me, Lord! I want to be steadfast in You! Constant! Non-fickle! Amen!