DAILY WORDS OF HOPE
BY PCG, HOPE CONGREGATION–SAK. EST
(Lent Day 12 🛐)
Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked. Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’” “Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown. I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.” All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.
THEME: Whose opinion matters: God’s or yours?
WORDS OF HOPE:
We all know what we must do for God and what we want Him to do for us. We often do not know which one should come first in order to come into line with what God has in mind for us. The people of Nazareth found themselves in such an uncomfortable situation when Jesus went to his nativity to launch God’s kingdom. Not only did everybody know him and his family, they also knew that if He really was bringing God’s kingdom, He ought to be up and doing. Is that how we pre-empt things and situations in God’s service? Because they were familiar with Him, they did not know whether to believe in him first and be blessed by Him or Jesus should bless them first before they would believe Him? How familiar have you become with the rituals of serving God. By their stance, the people missed a lot from Jesus because the bible records that not much happened there. It is better to believe first and be blessed later. The Opposite does not work. God is turning the whole world the right side up after man’s behaviour has turned it upside down. That means He is turning our whole world and our world view the right side up again. Believe in Him first and get set on your mark.
● Pray for God to teach you His will.
● Ask God to help you to know well that you did not call God but He called and ordained you to bear fruits that abide.
Sovereign Lord, teach me to listen to you even when you are saying things I badly don’t want to hear. Amen🙏🏽