Luke 22:35-38: The Lord will provide.(please click here for todays passage)
‘Everything written about me is now coming to a conclusion.’ (37) The Message.
The words of today’s reading were spoken under the shadow of the Cross. Jesus was about to die for the sins of the world. Everything was coming to a head. Jesus teaching here shows:
- God’s provision is perfect (35). It is miraculous. It is ‘against the odds’ naturally speaking. Countless stories from the Bible and church history endorse this. Hudson Taylor’s dictum that ‘God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply’ remains true. Read a book such as A.T.Pierson’s biography of George Mueller, and it will stir your heart and encourage your faith. Mueller wanted to demonstrate to the world what could be achieved by prayer through faith, and so he was scrupulous in making the needs of the orphanages known only to God. Time and again there were remarkable, and timely, answers to prayer.
- There are ‘seasons’/’chapters’ in a disciple’s walk with Jesus (36). ‘This is different.’ The Message. Some periods are more difficult (more dangerous even) than others. F.B. Meyer wrote that ‘the storm’ was about to burst on the disciples ‘with furious intensity’. The current phase of your life may look different to a previous one. The instructions you receive from above may not be the same. The gears can shift. So it is vital to keep in step with Jesus, listening for His voice and doing whatever He says.
‘Do whatever He tells you.’ (John 2:5)
Prayer: In each day, Lord, there are so many distracting sights and sounds to contend with. It is not always easy to keep my eyes fixed on you. But I want to. I know I need to. Please help me with this.