Tuesday Reflection – June 18, 2019
Don’t worry, God will tell you what to say
But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom. Luke 21:14-15 (NIV)
Brothers and sisters, the text for today is pretty straight forward. My wish for us today is that we will hear these words, take comfort in them and rely on God for wisdom. In this passage the disciples questioned Jesus about the downfall of the temple. They asked “when will these things take place?” “What are the signs that we should look for?”
Jesus answered with a long list of things that would happen in the future. He explained how his disciples would be locked away and brought before kings and governors. I can imagine how terrified they must have felt hearing these things, but then Jesus said into them: “Make up your minds not to worry about what you will say to DEFEND YOURSELF! I will give you words of wisdom”. What a consolation!
Friends, as I reflected on the text, I can remember the times I worry about how I will DEFEND MYSELF. Today I can say that God has been my defender. I leave two things with you today:
1. When you are brought before governors, do not worry about what you will say. God will give you words of WISDOM. He will defend you, so I encourage you today, do not be afraid if you are called before the highest person in authority; God will give you the strength and words needed at that time.
2. You might get thrown out or disregarded when you seek to stand up for and in the name of Jesus, especially when you speak up against the things that are wrong! But do not be afraid, God will defend you.
Until next week, I am Shaneka, sharing on behalf of Rev. Bevon White. Let us keep him prayed up as he plans the funeral service of his dear Mom.
Blessings to you all and remember “DO NOT WORRY, GOD WILL TELL YOU WHAT TO SAY.”