A Montrose Church Advent Devotional by Pastor Rick
Advent Day 18: The Fine Art of Vacillating
Today's reading: Luke 7:31-35
Why do people choose to believe or not believe in Jesus? The same words, the same deeds, the same actions evoke different responses by people. Perhaps it comes down to tastes or experiences or expectations. Some people just can't be pleased when it comes to God. One thing is done and they don't like it so a change is made and the opposite thing is done, and they still don't like it. What to do? What to do?
The human heart is a mysterious thing. The generation in which we live is a mysterious thing. People are people and they are what they are. That being said, it seems that Jesus caught the irony in it all. His words raise a question. Do we adjust the message according to the audience in which we find ourselves? Jesus certainly didn't adjust His message. He lived and taught His truth, and the audience was invited to do with it what they would. In the end He said, "Wisdom is vindicated by all her children" (v. 35).
Truth will be vindicated. Those who get it don't vacillate. They listen to Jesus, hear what He says, and embrace who He is. When the matter is completed, truth will be exonerated, and as Jesus said, "The truth will make you free" (John 8:32).
Advent is a great time to slow down a bit, open our hearts to what God is doing in our stories and in our lives, to examine our own motives, and to take hold of Jesus' truth and let it be what it is. I know I need to clean out the cobwebs in my brain once in a while and to come again, just as I am, to the open arms of Jesus. When I look at Him and see His life, His teachings, and His sacrificial self-giving, I realize that the ambiguity in myself is a fight I need not protect. In these hurtful and bewildering times, there is a Savior who invites us out of the confusion and into the peace of God.
Are there burdens in your heart?
Is your past a memory that binds you?
Is there some pain that you've carried far too long?
Then, strengthen your heart with His good news
There is a Savior and He's forgiven you.
- ©1986, Greg Nelson, Bob Farrell, Sandi Patti