November 4, 2020
Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:31-32
Jesus’ words recorded in Luke speak to me at a time when the entire world seems sick. It’s not just the pandemic. There is so much political discord and negativity as well as physical and sinful ailments. Rather than allow myself to go down negative life paths that seem the highway of many, I choose to get off these destructive, fast-paced thoroughfares of anger and sickness and stick to the roads trod by Jesus. Of course, I’m not speaking of literal roads, just a way to think about removing myself from thought patterns or speech patterns that are not life giving to others or myself. I need to speak less, listen more, and realize that no matter how hard I try, sometimes I am part of the problem.
Jesus came so that my frustrations, anger—whatever feelings I have—can be brought safely to Him. I know that He understands me and will guide me in the ways that He knows I should go. I need Him as my navigator so that when I am headed down a destructive path, I may ask Him to show me a way to turn around (repent) and be healed by His grace.
Dear Lord, I ask You to be with all of us at this unsettling time and always. Teach us Your ways and give us a clean heart and receptive spirit that honors You. Amen.