August 31, 2015
Being Open to the Good News
They rose up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town had been built, to hurl him down headlong. But he passed through the midst of them and went away.
Sometimes you just don't want to deal with it.
A bill arrives in the mail. A big one, maybe. And so, just for now, we set it aside. [i]I'll deal with that later[/i], we think.
Or an e-mail pops up that we know concerns a difficult issue or something annoying like a plea to volunteer at the concession stand. [i]Not now. Later.[/i]
I allow myself to enter into those little fantasy worlds myself sometimes, delaying the inevitable, attempting to deny reality.
Jesus' listeners weren't closed to bad news--they were closed to Good News, but for the same reason, they felt threatened. Their response? To close themselves up, deny the reality of God's promise and literally try to push him away.
Lord Jesus, may I never be closed to your Good News.
- Amy Welborn
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18|Psalm 96:1, 3-5, 11-13|Luke 4:16-30