2021_09_29 Insight Post- Rusty Coram
This week's reading- Luke 21
There is a saying (it’s an old one but you still hear it) that follows a statement that you aren’t sure is fully true or accurate... “take it with a grain of salt”. Generally, this means that you hear what someone says, but it seems a bit sketchy, so just accept it and move on with some skepticism... just the way some foods are a little hard to eat until you add a little salt. We do this all the time when someone appears to be exaggerating or a bit too effusive like, “That was the best meal I’ve ever had!” or “I was so sick I thought I was dying!” or “That is the funniest thing I’ve ever heard!”
While overstating is normal in our relationships with each other, we should be very careful when it comes to Jesus’ teaching. There are times when He uses exaggeration in His parables, but His promises to us are very different. This week we read one of his promises about going through times of intense persecution (which is to be expected) and the mindset we should adopt through them, “So don’t worry in advance about how to answer the charges against you, 15 for I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply or refute you! 16 Even those closest to you—your parents, brothers, relatives, and friends—will betray you. They will even kill some of you. 17 And everyone will hate you because you are my followers. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish!” Luke 21:14–18 (NLT)
The context makes it clear that we will not necessarily be spared suffering, and in some cases even death. But what we can be assured of is God’s presence and power in the midst, AND that nothing will happen outside of His sovereign care and purpose – not even a hair on our head will be outside of His awareness and purpose! Jesus wants us to constantly keep in mind how awesome and capable God is, so that we do not lose heart.