There is reason for us to have hope! There is reason for us to not give up! There is a savior who came and gave it all so that we can have a hope for the future! Want to do an experiment, get people to write about the good and bad things in their past and then write about the good and bad things in their future. Interestingly enough you will find the future is a lot more positive, there is more hope no matter how the past was. So don’t lose hope! Put your trust in God!
Today’s reading starts with …
39Then some of the Pharisees in the crowd spoke to Jesus. “Teacher,” they said, “command your disciples to be quiet!” 40Jesus answered, “I tell you that if they keep quiet, the stones themselves will start shouting.”
Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem
41He came closer to the city, and when he saw it, he wept over it, 42saying, “If you only knew today what is needed for peace! But now you cannot see it! 43The time will come when your enemies will surround you with barricades, blockade you, and close in on you from every side. 44They will completely destroy you and the people within your walls; not a single stone will they leave in its place, because you did not recognize the time when God came to save you!” –from Luke 19
Let’s live lives that will glorify God and stand up for what is good, what is right, what is just! Let’s take a stand!
Jesus Goes to the Temple
(Matthew 21.12-17; Mark 11.15-19; John 2.13-22)
45Then Jesus went into the Temple and began to drive out the merchants, 46saying to them, “It is written in the Scriptures that God said, ‘My Temple will be a house of prayer.’ But you have turned it into a hideout for thieves!” 47Every day Jesus taught in the Temple. The chief priests, the teachers of the Law, and the leaders of the people wanted to kill him, 48but they could not find a way to do it, because all the people kept listening to him, not wanting to miss a single word.
–from Luke 19
Not sure what to do or how to act? Not sure how to respond or how to receive? Turn to God’s Word that never returns void! Today’s Word says it this way…
1Remind your people to submit to rulers and authorities, to obey them, and to be ready to do good in every way. 2Tell them not to speak evil of anyone, but to be peaceful and friendly, and always to show a gentle attitude toward everyone. 3For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, and wrong. We were slaves to passions and pleasures of all kinds. We spent our lives in malice and envy; others hated us and we hated them. 4But when the kindness and love of God our Savior was revealed, 5he saved us. It was not because of any good deeds that we ourselves had done, but because of his own mercy that he saved us, through the Holy Spirit, who gives us new birth and new life by washing us. 6God poured out the Holy Spirit abundantly on us through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7so that by his grace we might be put right with God and come into possession of the eternal life we hope for. 8This is a true saying. I want you to give special emphasis to these matters, so that those who believe in God may be concerned with giving their time to doing good deeds, which are good and useful for everyone. 9But avoid stupid arguments, long lists of ancestors, quarrels, and fights about the Law. They are useless and worthless. 10Give at least two warnings to those who cause divisions, and then have nothing more to do with them. 11You know that such people are corrupt, and their sins prove that they are wrong. –from Titus 3
So guard your heart and your mind from the attacks of the enemy of your soul. We are to be people who raise the bar, don’t just be average for then the average will go down! We need people who live life to the full in a way that will glorify God!
When you need wisdom, God’s Word is full of it! God’s Word provides a full book in Proverbs and today we read…
1We may make our plans, but God has the last word. 2You may think everything you do is right, but the Lord judges your motives. 3Ask the Lord to bless your plans, and you will be successful in carrying them out. 4Everything the Lord has made has its destiny; and the destiny of the wicked is destruction. 5The Lord hates everyone who is arrogant; he will never let them escape punishment. 6Be loyal and faithful, and God will forgive your sin. Obey the Lord and nothing evil will happen to you. 7When you please the Lord, you can make your enemies into friends. 8It is better to have a little, honestly earned, than to have a large income, dishonestly gained. 9You may make your plans, but God directs your actions. 10The king speaks with divine authority; his decisions are always right. 11The Lord wants weights and measures to be honest and every sale to be fair. 12Kings cannot tolerate evil, because justice is what makes a government strong. 13A king wants to hear the truth and will favor those who speak it. 14A wise person will try to keep the king happy; if the king becomes angry, someone may die. 15The king’s favor is like the clouds that bring rain in the springtime—life is there. 16It is better—much better—to have wisdom and knowledge than gold and silver. –from Proverbs 16