Monday, March 13, 2017

Hard Questions

Daily reading: Luke 13:1-9, 31-35
Monday March 13, 2017

The first half of the passage for today shows us that Jesus won’t shy away from diving into those questions that keep us up at night …those questions of why bad things happen to good people.  We try our best to make order out of the chaos in our lives and to take the precautions we believe we need in order to be safe. 
Every time something tragic happens, our perceived order in the world is upset.  While we can certainly create chaos when we choose to sin, Jesus explains that sin is not the reason behind every tragedy.
Rather than try and keep ourselves out of harm’s way, Jesus encourages us to be faithful.   He tells a parable about a fig tree that for three years does not produce fruit.  Rather than give up, the gardener asks for one more year of adding fertilizer and care before it is discarded.  Despite our faithlessness, God is faithful and patient. 
What area of your life do you need God to tend to?  Pray for God’s presence and guidance.

Prayer: Welcoming Savior, thank you for being with us no matter what, for loving us and others even in the face of rejection.  Pour your love and acceptance into us today.  Amen.

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