2021_09_27 Insight Post- Kim Feld
This week's reading- Luke 21
In reading through the biographies of Jesus, I’m reminded repeatedly that my perspective is often so different from His. Luke 21 gives a prime example. Beginning in verse 5, Jesus began telling His disciples about the temple’s coming destruction and what many believe are signs of the end times. He talks about persecution, wars, natural disasters, and even martyrdom but then, in light of all that, He makes a startling statement: “But not a hair of your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life” (Luke 21:18-19). I wonder if the disciples were tracking with Him, or if any of them thought, “Wait, didn’t you just say I might die?”
You and I were created for eternity. Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT) says, “ Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” The author of Ecclesiastes (tradition indicates this was David’s son Solomon) hit the nail on the head – we can’t see the full scope of what God is doing. We are often so focused on the here and now, but Jesus reminds us that there is so much more than we currently see and experience!
Jesus’ brother James had this to say in James 4:14 (NLT), “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” Winning life is gaining eternity. When Jesus says not a hair of our heads will perish even though persecution and death may come, He’s focusing on the spiritual, not the physical. Jesus tells us in Luke 21:14-15 to make up our minds to resist worry because He will give us words and wisdom. If He’s giving us words and wisdom in those moments, that means He will be right there with us. We have His promise: “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you” (Hebrews 13:5b).
I pray that you and I never face the kind of persecution that Jesus speaks of in Luke, but we have His promise of presence no matter what we face today. Nothing can separate us from the love of God, and if we stand firm, we will win life.
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” (Romans 8:38, NLT)
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