Tuesday 5 April, 2016

Luke 12:4-12

4 “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that can do nothing more. 5 But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him! 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight. 7 But even the hairs of your head are all counted. Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. 8 “And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God; 9 but whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God. 10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. 11 When they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers, and the authorities, do not worry about how you are to defend yourselves or what you are to say; 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that very hour what you ought to say.”

This section of scripture has been a challenging one for me to write on this evening if I’m honest. While there are so many significant statements in there (like the bit about not being able to be forgiven for being blasphemous against the Holy Spirit), I had to read over it a bunch of times before I really started hearing from His word on a deeper level.

I noticed that there is a big theme in this chapter – keeping focused on eternity. Then I realised that every concern or issue that is addressed in the chapter can be helped by having a healthy sense of perspective. If I look at myself in comparison to a problem I have, sometimes I can feel so small next to it, but if I place my problem next to the scale of God’s eternity, it suddenly looks much smaller.

The challenge then, is how do I get better at wrapping my limited brain around the intangible limitlessness of God’s eternity?

I don’t have a definite answer, but in my experience, it has helped me greatly when I have felt closest to Him to more easily appreciate his greatness. For me I can draw near to God through prayer, meditation on His Word, reading His Word, and through worship in various forms.

Lord, as I draw near to you, help me to appreciate how awesome you are. Help me to use your greatness to put the evil things of this world into perspective. Amen.

Written by Ps. Justin Ware 

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