Interpreting the Times

Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!

This is my 100th devotion. Wow! Who’d have thought!?!? Have a great week everyone!

There are so many sayings that have been created to help us interpret the signs in nature. Many of them hold true. This week, Jesus reminds and encourages us to interpret his coming correctly. Let’s top up our coffees and see what he has to say…

 

Readings for Sunday, August 18: 10th Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 23:16-29; Psalm 119:81-88; Hebrews 11:17 – 12:3; Luke 12:49-56

Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky.

How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?

Luke 12:56

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Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning! This is a saying that crosses my mind pretty much every evening as I gaze upon the sun setting. It is just another example of the interpretations that Jesus is referring to when he speaks about how humankind can interpret the earth.

He must have been so frustrated about how blind his fellow Jews, his chosen people, were towards his coming. They had been waiting for a Saviour. They knew a Saviour was to come. They knew the prophecies of the Old Testament prophets. They were seeing the signs of those prophecies fulfilled in Jesus. Yet, so many, especially the Jewish leaders, remained unwilling to see him as their Saviour; to see the signs. How sad!

Jesus desired all those people with whom he was in contact to see him as he truly was: God’s son, the long awaited Messiah. They saw him face-to-face and yet many struggled to believe he was God’s son, their Redeemer. (Is it any surprise when we, or those whom we love, struggle with it too?)

In the same way, he desires us to see him as he truly is, our Saviour, to see our need for him due to our sinfulness, and to cling to him always, despite the trials we may need to endure. He encourages us to always be prepared to be called home and to meet him face-to-face. Therefore, while we endure our earthly days, “let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith… and consider him, who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12: 2a, 3) Therefore, stand firm in his love and salvation, despite those who may turn away and the hardships that may come, and proclaim with the psalmist, “My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word.” (Psalm 118:81) Glory be to you, O Lord! AMEN!

Prayer: Dear Lord, open our hearts so that we can see you in these days; so that we can see the frailty of our times and our need for you, our Saviour. I especially pray for (name loved ones here). Be with them and soften their hearts to be open to correctly interpreting you and their need for you, to seeing you in their lives and trusting in your everlasting love and forgiveness. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!

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