Discerning God in our midst
Scripture reading for July 24th: Luke 19, Psalm 146, Proverbs 22
Luke 19:41-44 “And, when He drew near and saw the city, He wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had know on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
As Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem on a donkey to shouts of joy and worship, he stopped to weep over the people there. He knew that their shouts of worship would turn into calls for His murder. He knew that sin and pride had hidden the Truth He had taught and modeled to them. He was now going to offer His own life and blood to save them. He cared for each one with His Father’s heart of love and compassion. But each person has a free will and must choose the things that make for peace with God. Each are given a time of visitation revealing Jesus as Lord, Messiah, and King. They have the choice of salvation through repentance and faith or eternal destruction and ruin through unbelief.
Psalm 146:9-10 “The Lord watches over the sojourners; He upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked He brings to ruin. The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord!”
Prayer: Father God, thank You for Your caring heart for those that are hurting and lost, rich or poor, as You have made them all. Thank You for giving me faith to know the time of my visitation and make peace with You through the blood of Your Son. Use me to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, Messiah, Lord, and King with others in need of a Holy visitation. Watch over me and guide me to my eternal home.
Proverbs 22:1-2 “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold. The rich and poor meet together; the Lord is maker of them all.”