I have been traveling so much these past few months and have been to so many different churches in the process. After my mission trip, I stayed in South Carolina for a little bit and attended a university campus church at one of the colleges I am looking into. Conveniently, the pastor mentioned a passage in Luke (which is the book I am currently studying). It has been a few weeks since the sermon and a few days ago I came upon the same passage. I was reminded of the sermon and how God was able to show me something completely new in a relatively familiar passage.
There is a lot of talk about demons in the Bible. It’s one of those things that we don’t hear very much about nowadays and therefore is something I have always been confused about. We don’t talk about what that means and what the Bible means when it says that someone has been “possessed by demons”. It is a very dark and scary subject so I tend to just rush over those stories and block them out.
In Luke 8:26-39, there is this man who has been possessed by demons for a very long time. The man knows that Jesus has the power to free him from this so he cries out to the Lord. Jesus, being the amazing savior He is, casts the demons into a herd of pigs that were by the hillside. The pigs then run into the water, drown, and the man is freed from the chains that withheld him.
Like I said before, kind of a dark and odd story to study and even more so, a strange thing to blog about!! However, it is amazing that Jesus was able to cast out the demons that possessed this man. I don’t want to underrate that at all.
Here is the kicker, what about the pig farmer? The owner of the herd of pigs. (just stick with me, I will explain) Let’s look at this story from his perspective.
* Nowhere in the Bible does it give this account of the pig farmer, it is just something interesting to think about and has really changed my perspective on many things*
There is a pig farmer who has a herd of pigs that he dearly loves. He has taken care of these pigs from the day they were born and they are his livelihood. Because he is getting older and the work is getting harder, he hired some younger men to tend to his pigs during the day. The younger men take the pigs to the hillside so they can be fed. All is going well until the whole herd is cast into the water and they all drown. The young men run into town telling everyone what has happened and then they have to break the news to the owner.
The owner’s only source of income has literally been cast into the water. He is in a state of devastation, confusion, and shock. He cries out to the Lord in anger begging for answers and for God to show love towards him again.
While this was an amazing day for the previously demon-possessed man, it seems like the end of the world for the farmer.
I don’t know about you, but I have felt like the pig farmer many, many times. I don’t understand why God did what He did or I don’t understand why something great had to be taken away. In those moments, many things don’t make sense. As humans, we sometimes don’t get to see the full picture and that can be very hard and confusing.
My prayer after hearing this has been for the Lord to help me trust Him even when I don’t see the full picture. Because losing the herd of pigs is nothing compared to loosing one child of God. That is a no-brainer once we can see all of the facts.
I have been praying that even when I experience loss, hurt, or heartbreak, that I will have a kingdom mindset. Understanding that God works for the good of all of his children, even if I don’t see it in the moment.
I pray the same for each and every one of you. Because we know that God’s thoughts are so much higher than our thoughts, when we don’t understand, we just have to be able to submit and trust.
XOXO, The Christian Prepster