Thought for the day – Saturday

Reading

Luke 21:34-36

Reflection

This short passage from Luke is part of Jesus’ apocalyptic discourse, where he has been talking to the disciples about the signs of the end of the age. But he now turns to the disciples themselves and addresses them directly, and talks of what is expected of them. His words still speak to us today as his followers. Whilst we may think the chances of us falling fowl of drunkenness are small, we should consider that the original greek word can be translated as ‘intoxication’. Jesus is warning against being intoxicated to the point of being distracted from the Kingdom of God. This perhaps leads us to ponder for a moment about those things that intoxicate us today, those things that may – if taken to excess – dull our senses. This could be our habits with social media, our TV viewing habits, our work, or our social lives. None of these things, in moderation, are necessarily bad but if they are affecting us to the point of distraction, distraction from God’s greater plans for us and the world, then they may become a cause for concern.

Jesus also warns for our hearts not to be weighed down by the worries of this life.

Perhaps easier said than done. But worries just as much as the ‘intoxicating’ things can rob us of the life God intends for us to lead. Jesus told us that he came that we might have life and have it to the full. If you find yourself weighed down and distracted by worry today, remember Jesus’ comfortable words:

“Come unto me, all that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you.” Matthew 11:28

Prayer

Using the lyrics from today’s song linked above:

Father God,
I will stay should the world by me fold
Lift up Your name as the darkness falls
I will wait and hold fast to Your word
Heart on Your heart and my eyes on You
Amen.