Welcome to Holy Week!
This is always a full week. I admit that I feel a little stressed with the work ahead, but I need to remember that Easter is coming and that is the point to everything! What a glorious God we worship.
A time in prayer.
Today I am reading Luke 10:13-24
10:13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon in the judgment than for you! 15And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be thrown down to Hades!
16 “The one who listens to you listens to me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”
17Then the seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name!” 18So he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19Look, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions and on the full force of the enemy, and nothing will hurt you. 20Nevertheless, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names stand written in heaven.”
21On that same occasion Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will. 22All things have been given to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides to reveal him.”
23Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! 24For I tell you that many prophets and kings longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”
Verse 13 is a strong warning. It is tempting in this passage to long for a miraculous sign of God’s deliverance from this virus for our country and the world. Perhaps, for some it is a good excuse to push away faith in God (if he us God he could just end the virus). I think the reality is that we have been living a miracle of blessings upon blessings for a very long time now. Do we look for a miraculous sign? We have been seeing them every day for years. We might not recognize another miracle if God gave one. We, like the people Jesus was addressing, have grown numb to the blessings and miracles God has been giving to us every day. If the people of the Cameroon were to experience our level of prosperity and well-being, they would fall on their knees in praise of Jesus.
Let’s give thanks for what the Lord has done for us and the opportunities still before us to reach out in new ways.
Action for today. Spend time in thanksgiving.
Time in Prayer
Blessings and peace,