Day 267 – Losing Control
On: July 25, 2015   |   By: SWLadmin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people. Luke 22:1-2

The religious leaders were not, of course, afraid of the people as such. They feared for their own standing and reputation. They were afraid that, as the people flocked to hear Jesus’ radical teaching, their own rigid code would be revealed as inadequate, and they would be rejected. They feared losing control.

Their response, to get rid of the source of their fear, whilst unsurprising, was entirely misdirected. They were fearing the wrong people – as Jesus had emphasised just a while earlier: “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. … Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell.” Luke 12:4-5

What about you and I today? Is our fear misdirected?

Am I fearful of being ridiculed for my faith, rather than concerned at denying the One who is my Saviour? Am I fearful that, if I let  go of the steering wheel of my life and place the controls in the hands of Someone I can’t even see, I will lose my way? Am I afraid that, if I step off the hamster wheel of secular expectation, I will be left behind? Am I tempted to “get rid of Jesus” from the areas of my life that I want to hold onto?

If I am, according to Jesus, my fear is misplaced.

Prayer:

Father God, please enable me to see more clearly what it is that I fear. And to understand whether I am getting it right. And, if not, what I need to change. Amen.

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