Date: Thursday, April 10
Scripture: Luke 13:31-35
Verse: Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! (Luke 13:34)
You may have seen this photo of a man wearing a baseball cap backwards and holding his hand up to protect his eyes from the sun. As many have pointed out, his hat was designed to do this, if only he would turn it around. Or imagine someone carrying an umbrella through a rainstorm but getting soaking wet because she is using it as a walking stick rather than opening it up putting it over her head. Sometimes we get so used to the hat and the umbrella when they are not needed, that when they are, we forget to use them properly. Our relationship with God can sometimes become that backwards hat or walking stick umbrella.
In today’s passage Jesus continues his lament over those who are missing out on what God is doing in their midst. Jesus, probably speaking for God here, uses the image of a hen gathering her chicks under her wings. He has longed to draw them close to care for them and protect them, but they refuse him. It might be pretty easy to see this as a passage for a specific people, those of first century Jerusalem, except we do this too.
When difficulties come, we so often forget to turn to God and allow him to work in our lives. Instead we seek to solve our problems on our own. We expect God to bless our solutions, rather than seeking his. We want to live our lives our way, and then expect God to be our safety net when that doesn’t work out. Or, to use Jesus’ image, we want to live outside the wings of the mother hen, but still receive her protection. Our goal ought not be to simply look to God when the storms come, but rather to deepen our relationship with him, so we are always near, in good times and struggles.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, for inviting me under your wings for nourishment and protection. Amen.
Action: Notice the protections you take for granted: hats, umbrellas, coats, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc.
Respond: How has your relationship with God sustained you in difficult times? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below.
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