Saturday, April 19
Posted: Saturday, April 19
One Year Bible Reading Guide:
Verse of the day:
But as he (Jesus) came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep. (Luke 19:41)
How do you respond when you are rejected? I almost always get mad. It doesn’t take me long to recall the girls that turned me down, the coaches that cut me, or the employers that didn’t hire me. After all, my mom told me I was “special”… why couldn’t they see that?!?!
Have you ever thought about how God feels when people reject Him? How do you think He feels when someone breaks one of the Ten Commandments? Most people think God sits on His throne in heaven, uninterested in life on earth and the only thing that gets His attention is when someone breaks His rules and then “BANG!”; lightning strikes in the form of sickness, disaster, or tragedy. After all, that’s how we feel and that’s probably what we would do if we were God. But have you ever wondered what kind of God weeps for those who have discounted, dismissed, or discarded Him?
In today’s scripture, we read about how Jesus is overwhelmed with pain for a people who had not only rejected Him but even more devastating, they had rejected God’s one and only plan of salvation for them… and the scripture says Jesus was heart-broken.
If you’ve violated God’s rules, if you’ve rejected or refused Him (and who hasn’t?), you can’t hide from God behind the walls of your choices. He sees you and He knows you and best of all He just flat out loves you in spite of all that. So today, let’s get over ourselves and get caught up in His love for us and for a world that needs to know the compassionate Savior.
Pastor Mark McKinstry // Missions & Christian Education Pastor