READ CHAPTER 12
As we come to the half way point of our Advent devotional through the book of Luke, Jesus has many warnings for His followers. He is eager to teach the truth of our salvation, to show how the church has become corrupt and prepare us for the end times. He starts by talking about the hypocrisy being taught by the Pharisees. He tells them to avoid false teaching, which is another of Satan’s tools to lure us into hell.
Jesus wants all to know that His Father will take care of all our needs. His eye is on the sparrow and He certainly values each and every one of us. He promises to love us more than the ravens who have no storehouse as well as the lilies of the fields.
He warns that anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. He wants us to be ready for the last days and our final judgment. We do not need fear when we place our trust in God.
Like today, when our country seems to be in the throes of controversy, division and hatred, we need to return to God. The corruption that is slowly being uncovered, will be laid bare soon and all those who are responsible will be held accountable. Nothing is hidden from God.
We can interpret the weather in some ways. Of course only God can control it, but if we look at the sky and see heavy clouds, we know a storm is coming. Yet, as Jesus says, we are not capable of interpreting the present times. The signs are all there today. He wants us to be prepared for heaven. He’s concerned about our physical needs, but more so about our spiritual welfare.
The war against evil is real and we must remain ready. We should dress for battle and keep the lamps burning, so that when the Master comes again, we can greet Him as our brother.
The key ingredients to this chapter are to be prepared, look for the signs, do not be afraid or anxious about anything and trust in God for everything. God’s love for His people is immeasurable. He has provided for all of us, even when things look their darkest. He guides us through this veil of tears with a strong hand and mighty vision. We are surrounded by His protection both day and night.
His concern and love for us is clearly stated in Luke 12.