#218 Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Matthew 10: 18 On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. 19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Three verses fraught with dire warnings and yet great hope and wonderful power. First, the idea that the disciples, that is you and I, will be arrested. I know, I know, we are used to being under a cloak of constitutional freedom of speech here in the USA. But, for how long? Forces have been at work from the beginning trying to undermine that freedom Today, more than ever Christian speech is being shut out of the corporate world, the academic world, and even the primary and elementary schools. How long before it is banned even in the larger marketplaces of culture and commerce?
Second, we are told, do not worry. I don’t know about you, but in my experience when someone says, “I’ve got your back,” it’s hard for me not to look behind me. I want to trust God on this. And I know everything He has said is true, but I doubt myself.
Third, we as Christians seem to have trouble trusting the ways in which God communicates through us. How many battles have been fought over the nature of “inspiration”, “infallibility”, and “authenticity”? We’ve all seen how the world has come to perceive anyone who claims to be “speaking fo God”.
In this instance, I believe that the best we can hope for is to be prepared and bathed in prayer, and to enter into the arena ready to live as Christ before the world, demonstrating kindness, love, and compassion. The truth is truly found in our response to the inevitable question; “Why are you like this?” Let me tell you…