2021_09_01 Insight Post- Rusty Coram
This week's reading- Luke 13-14
It is a little - no its very - scary to realize that God knows exactly what I am thinking, at all times. There is no reason to try to pretend or hide the truth, because He is completely aware of my thoughts, motives and intentions. At the beginning of Luke 13 we hear that Pilate has murdered some Galilean worshippers at the Temple in Jerusalem. During that time, most Jewish people believed that the hardships or nightmares people were facing were a direct reflection of how "big" their sin was. Knowing that this was what the people around Him were thinking, Jesus corrected them directly: “Do you think those Galileans were worse sinners than all the other people from Galilee?” Jesus asked. “Is that why they suffered? 3 Not at all! And you will perish, too, unless you repent of your sins and turn to God. 4 And what about the eighteen people who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them? Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem? 5 No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will perish, too.” Luke 13:2–5 (NLT)
We live in a broken world, where evil and accidents happen all around us. There are times when we can clearly see a correlation between our actions and painful results, i.e: texting while driving and getting in an accident, but there are other times when that doesn’t work, i.e: a devastating earthquake in Haiti. The Bible is clear that our world, and all of us, have been damaged by our sin. We are all in the same dangerous situation where the only solution is to admit our sin and call on God for mercy and forgiveness. Instead of speculating on the cause or deservedness of other peoples' calamity, we should remember that at times, life is unfair and fragile. We all have a choice on where we will place our trust and hope. Jesus is the only secure and trust-worthy person we can always count on.
“This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.” Hebrews 6:19 (NLT)