Tuesday 14 August, 2012

Luke 12:54-56

54 He said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. 55 And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. 56 Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?

In the middle of warning the people to be ready for the Son of Man, Jesus is obviously frustrated: They can interpret complicated things like the weather, but they can’t see what God is doing all around them.

He told a story about a servant who should be waiting for his master’s return. If he waits faithfully he will be rewarded, but he usurps his master’s position and is caught by surprise when he returns. How could this happen? Did he forget he had a master? Did he think he wouldn’t return?

He tells the people to be ready for the Son of Man. Yet even though they’ve seen miracles that should make it obvious that here is the Son of Man warning them, somehow many miss this

and reject him.

So often we see what we want to see. Our hearts rule our senses. The faithful servants were looking, hoping for their master’s return and they see it. The unfaithful servant obviously didn’t want his master to return and misses it.

So what things make it hard for me to see what God is doing? How much do I want him to come, or to act in my life, or am I comfortable the way things are? Do I ask him what he’s doing, or do my plans get in the way?

Lord, speak to me. Show me what you are doing. Open my heart and mind to see it, and to be part of whatever you are doing. Break through whatever clouds my sight.

Written by David Cornell


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